My birthday happened to fall on Labor day this year! Happy Birthday to me!!!! And so we celebrated both holidays(yes, I consider my birthday a holiday *wink*) with a small barbecue at my home. We kept it pretty simple since I didn’t feel like spending my entire birthday in the kitchen. Hubby grilled hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, I made my barbecue sauce to go with, we had chips and dip, but the star of the show was my Pasta Salad. Okay…I can’t take total credit for this recipe, it’s my MIL’s recipe. I have adopted it as my own though over the years. It’s actually quite simple…just veggies, mayo and Italian dressing and seasonings. I leave out the olives, boiled egg (of course), and onion. I like to keep it simple. MIL also adds shrimp, but I totally love this salad meatless. And using the new Just Mayo eggless “mayo”, makes mine vegan too. Score!
I made my own Italian dressing, which is crazy easy, and used this “mayo” for the dressing, threw in the veggies of my choice and a dash, okay, a heaping dash, of Old Bay seasoning…..and this was a hit !! I mean, I am shocked that it tasted EXACTLY like the real thing (made with real mayo). This Just Mayo (which I picked up from Whole Foods, but I have seen at Target, too) is awesome !!!! I can’t say enough good things about it. Really……I think I’m in love 🙂
Pasta Salad w/egg-free mayo -serves at least 8
- cooked pasta (I use 1 lb. of “safe” angel hair pasta)
- 1 jar of Just Mayo
- 1-1/4 cups of Italian dressing (I make my own)
- chopped veggies (I use 1 large tomato, 1 small cucumber, 1 small orange bell pepper, but feel free to toss in whatever you like)
- 1 tsp. of ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. of sugar (of course 😉
- Old Bay seasoning (to taste)
Here we go….
Mix the Italian dressing and mayo together in a large bowl. Add your seasonings and chopped veggies. Next add the cooled cooked pasta to the mixture and stir, combining everything together. Cover and let chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. (This gives the pasta time to absorb some of the sauce and helps all the flavors meld together)