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Tasty Labor Day Recipes

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

These Tasty Labor Day Recipes that I have picked for you guys are easy, delicious, affordable and approachable. You can make them any time you want not just over Labor Day and 4th of July, or any other holiday. If you are like my family […]

Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad

Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad

If I could eat Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad with olive oil and herbs all year round I would be a very happy camper. It is so fresh, sweet, savory, simple, pretty and most importantly delicious salad. One my favorite August salads when tomatoes are at […]

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad is undoubtedly an easy, fabulous and tasty recipe. We enjoy nothing but this incredibly simple and classic dessert all summer long.

I heard that every good Southern lady should know how to properly make delicious jello salad. Well, I must say, yours truly, was not born here in the United States.

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I know that so many of you already know that fact about me. If you have never heard me talk, I do have an accent. It gets thicker when I am tired. I have kids so we are an English speaking family, but they do understand Serbo-Croatian very well too.

Every so often, it gets extremely annoying when people do not even try to understand what I am trying to say. I do not think that I am hard to understand at all.

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad Recipe

Needless to say, when people do not even try to understand me, all I desired to do is to turn around and walk away. Also, try really hard not to punch them.

Nevertheless, I have been living in the gorgeous city of Nashville for 21 years, more than half of my life, so I have rightfully earned the privilege to call myself a Southern lady. So, I will bring to the table my version on the most popular Southern Jello Salad.

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad in the pan after cooling.

You could use a large bowl for trifle and create a beautiful dessert centerpiece. Perhaps for a smaller party, you can make individual desserts just by serving them in glasses.

With that being said, my family literally devoured this strawberry jello summer salad. I mean what’s not to like.

Summer Salad

We have cream cheese here and whipped topping, luscious strawberries, jello, plus graham crackers with butter. If you are like me, I know every pan corner will be licked clean.

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Southern Strawberry Jello Summer Salad
Strawberry Jello Summer Salad
Yield: Serves 8

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad is undoubtedly an easy, fabulous and tasty recipe. We enjoy nothing but this incredibly simple and classic dessert.

Ingredients

  • TOPPING
  • 2 packages (8.5g - 4-serving size each) Jell-O™ strawberry-flavored gelatin ( used sugar-free)
  • 1 3/4 cups (14 oz/412ml) Boiling water
  • 1 box (16 oz/500 ) strawberries, plus for serving
  • CRUST
  • 10 graham crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup (55g) unsalted butter, melted
  • FILLING
  • 1 container (8 oz/226g) Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (8 oz/226g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar (I used Truvia )
  • 1 tablespoon (13g) vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in sliced strawberries; refrigerate until partially set, about 45 minutes
  2. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, mix ingredients for CRUST. Press into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake 7-10 minutes. Cool it completely.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat ingredients for FILLING with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread over crust. Make sure it goes to the very end sealing the edges so the topping doesn't leak though. It is okay if it does but for the perfect separation of each layer it is the best if you seal it. Cover and refrigerate until cool and gelatin topping in the bowl is partially set.
  4. Carefully spoon gelatin TOPPING over filling. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until firm. I like adding more fresh strawberries when I serve this dessert.

Notes

You may add other fruit such as pineapple or peaches. Possibilities are endless.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 26mg Sodium: 124mg Carbohydrates: 31g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 20g Protein: 3g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate, but we try our best.
Fruit Salad with Citrus-Maple Dressing

Fruit Salad with Citrus-Maple Dressing

Easy and tasty fruit salad with citrus infused citrus maple dressing recipe. There is nothing more refreshing during hot summer days than colorful and delightful fruit salad. I made this tasty fruit salad with citrus maple dressing, which gave this salad a nice taste lift. […]

Cucumber, Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Cucumber, Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Who does not appreciate a hearty salad? Especially this Cucumber, Tomato, and Mozzarella Cheese Salad that look this tasty. Needless to say, we eat classic salads all year round, naturally depending on the season, of course. However, with all the ingredients convenient even during the […]

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

I feel like everyone loves quick, easy and fun pasta recipes? We love this delicious DaVinci Pasta, you can really taste the quality with each bite you take.

I have decided to share my recent favorite pasta salad; Mediterranean Pasta Salad.

The combination of flavors just works so well together. Actually, I made this with two types of pasta just to show you that it looks amazing whatever shape you use.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

It is beautiful with Ditalini and Bowties, so use whatever DaVinci® Pasta you can find.

Although I would totally use spaghetti and similar with some sauce such as Chicken Alfredo or a simple Bolognese. I just made my mouth to water.

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My husband, Nebs, who is not a salad fan at all, said that he can eat this particular pasta dish at least a couple of times a week. I am pretty happy when I hear praise like that.

It is lighter, meatless and filling at the same time. We have three teen kids still at home so pasta is a staple of my house.

There are so many dishes that we can make using pasta. You know how they say: “Pastabilities are endless.”

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

It leaves a family fully satisfied, no matter what you make. With that being said, the beauty of pasta salad is that you can use whatever you wish to use, or whatever is in season.

This is really one fantastic recipe for Labor Day, or even make it over Thanksgiving. Perhaps you can use roasted sweet potatoes and some celery or broccoli for that extra crunch.

I have been using DaVinci pasta for quite some time. It has a really fantastic taste, and on top of it, my family loves it too, which is always a huge plus.

Also, visit the DaVinci Facebook page for unique pasta recipes. It gives me so many meal ideas, and you enter their consumer promotions as well as show your Fun & Done ideas with the community.

Hey, it could be shared on their brand page. Make sure to tag DaVinci® on Social Media and of course, use the hashtags #pastabilities #funanddone #anythingispastable

If you try this recipe or any other recipe from my blog please share with me on Instagram.

Make sure to tag me @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandrasasycooking I would love to see all your delicious creations and share with my readers as well. Thanks!!! <3

Simple instructions:

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Yield: SERVES 6

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Tasty and easy meatless pasta salad.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dry pasta 1 pack DaVinci Ditalini Macaroni
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives sliced or halved
  • 1/2 cup Marinated Artichoke chopped
  • 1 cup Roasted Butternut squash
  • 4 ounces crumbled Feta cheese cubed
  • 5 Radish thinly sliced
  • 1/2 block Feta Cheese
  • Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil Mayo
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Marinate from Artichokes
  • 1 teaspoon dried Oregano
  • Pinch of Red hot chili Pepper Optional

Instructions

  1. Peel and cube Butternut squash. Drizzle with olive oil and roast at 375 F until tender, for about 30-40 minutes. Leftover butternut squash could be placed in the fridge or a freezer.
  2. Cook pasta according to the package. Do not overcook it. When the pasta turns al dente, drain using a colander, then wash under cold water.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare add-ons for the pasta salad; kalamata olives, marinated artichokes radishes, and feta cheese.
  4. Combine ingredients for dressing by mixing together Olive oil Mayonnaise, reserved marinade from artichokes' jar, and oregano.
  5. Put everything together and drizzle dressing on top. Lightly toss until all of the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.
  6. Leftovers should be kept in the refrigerate.

Notes

You may use:

  • Roasted sweet potatoes. Just cube them and drizzle with olive oil, then bake at 375 F until the sweet potato is tender.
  • Cucumber instead of radish.
  • There are no rules on how to put the pasta salad together.

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Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

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Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

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Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipe

Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipe

Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipe

Simple, delicious and easy veggie-packed vegetarian pasta salad is colorful and perfect for upcoming summer days, grilling season and potlucks.

My family loves this Vegetarian Pasta Salad, and I make it often especially when we have a family gathering.

For those of you that visiting my blog for the first time, I have to tell you that we just moved to a new platform so everything looks a bit off, empty and unorganized.

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It will take an enormous amount of time and work to fix everything, adjust the pictures, recipes and connect again with the social media world.

Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipe

At this time about 90% of recipes on my blog look funny, with many pictures overlapping.

I downsized to about 500 recipes, lost some in the process. I believe that I have fixed about 40 recipes and with that many pictures.

Like I said it will take forever to fix everything. I hope you guys will understand and still visit my blog. My website going to be awesome when everything is finally done.

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Sandra

Vegetarian Pasta Salad
Yield: Serves 6

Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Simple, delicious and easy veggie-packed vegetarian pasta salad is colorful and perfect for upcoming summer days, grilling season and potlucks.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pack Pasta; farfalle, macaroni, rigatoni, etc.
  • 1/2 English Cucumber, diced
  • 2 Bell Peppers, diced
  • 1/4-1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Black Olives, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 8 tablespoon 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoon White or Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice the best from the ripe lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt or to taste
  • 1 /2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix together vinaigrette dressing first and set aside until sugar is dissolved completely. Use a jar with a fitted lid to make any dressing. All you need to do is add all ingredients in the jar, close it with a lid and shake.
  2. Cook pasta according to box directions and rinse under cold water until cool. For Pasta salad you always wash pasta under cold water.
  3. Dice and slice all the vegetables.
  4. Pour half of the vinaigrette over cold pasta and mix to coat very well.
  5. Add vegetables to the pasta bowl and mix it all together.
  6. Pour the rest of the vinaigrette and toss pasta salad ones again to coat everything.
  7. You may have to add extra olive oil and/or vinegar to get it to the desired consistency because some of you like it juicier.

Notes

  • I had leftover Peppers of each color, so I used 4 different Bell Peppers 1/2 red, 1/2 green, 1/2 yellow, 1/2 orange. Since each of them tastes really different, the taste was phenomenal. If you can buy one of each and just slice in half and dice only one half for the salad and use the rest for something else, such as Stir Fry, Fajitas, Roasted Veggies, omelet, another salad, etc.
  • You can add feta or even mozzarella cheese in this salad. It will not hurt it, but it tastes amazing just like this.

Cucumber Radish Salad Recipe

Cucumber Radish Salad Recipe

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