Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Side dishes are food too!

No episode of grillin’ out is complete without a good side dish, salad or both.  This layered salad is great for spring and summer and can be used as a compliment to your cook out or serves as a easy ‘carry in’ dish when you need one.   Preparation time is about 25-30 minutes and it makes 8-12 servings dependent on who gets to the bowl first…

        2 ½ Cups, Medium Shell Macaroni, Boiled in salt water; drained w/cold water
        1 Medium Red Onion, sliced thin
        10-12 Oz. Frozen Peas, thawed
        6-8 Oz. Chopped/Chunked Ham (not smoked)
        ½ Cup, Garlic Ranch Dressing
        ½ Cup, EVOO Mayonnaise
        1 Cup, Grape Tomatoes, sliced in half
        1 STRONG Cup, finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese

1.    Layer the ingredients in order of Pasta, Onion, Peas and Ham chunks.
2.    Mix the dressing and mayo and spread evenly over the salad
3.    Top with cheese and tomatoes and chill (1 or more hours) then remove.
4.    Stir and serve.