Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad, a perfect side dish, lunch, or party food!     This cold shrimp pasta salad has all the good stuff - bowtie pasta, grape tomatoes, zucchini, and shrimp all tossed in a yummy pesto vinaigrette. It is a little different than your average pasta salad, but isn’t it fun to mix it up sometimes?! Pasta salad, in general, is one of my favorite summer snacks. You can load them up with fresh veggies and you have a refreshing snack for you in the fridge whenever you want! This recipe is the best shrimp pasta salad I have tried. I think it is really all about that dressing you use! The dressing for this recipe is super bright, flavorful, and easy to make!     Of course, you can purchase a premade Italian style dressing. But, there is just something special about making it on your own. Shrimp and Pasta Salad Recipe Directions: Cook Pasta per the direction on the back of the box, rinse with cold water and let drain thoroughly. Roughly chop the cooked shrimp, thinly slice the zucchini, and cut the grape tomatoes in half. Throw everything into a large bowl. In a small bowl, make the dressing consisting of vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, prepared pesto, and more. Place pasta in the bowl with the other ingredients, pour the dressing on top and mix everything until well coated. Cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour, serve and enjoy.     As with most recipes, you can use this as a base to add more things that you love. Alternatives and...
Chicken Salad with Grapes

Chicken Salad with Grapes

Chicken Salad with Grapes, rotisserie chicken, sliced grapes, walnuts, and celery. Simple, easy, and delicious!     Chicken salad, in general, is one of my all-time favorite lunches. It is super versatile, but yet light and refreshing… the perfect lunch! I’ve been asked a lot how to make chicken salad. The answer is easy, just chop up some cooked chicken, add any veggies you like, toss them in a yummy mayonnaise-based sauce and you are good to go! I made this version extra special by making this a chicken and grape salad. You can make chicken salad with red grapes, but this time I decided to use green. They were on sale at the grocery store, so I thought why not!     You can serve this chicken salad with grapes on a bed of lettuce, with crackers, or even in sandwich form. The possibilities are endless! Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe Directions: Dice cooked chicken, place it in a large bowl. Add sliced grapes, scallions, walnuts, and celery. In a small bowl make the creamy dressing including mayonnaise, parsley, dijon, and more. Stir to combine. Pour the dressing on top of the chicken salad ingredients and stir to combine, try not to break up the chicken too much. Serve and enjoy!   I personally like my chicken salad more on the chunky side, with bigger pieces of chicken. If you like it more of a smooth spread consistency, I suggest shredding the chicken instead. Alternatives and Add-Ons: Again, this is one of those amazing recipes where you can make it your own. Add whatever grapes you want, if...
Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Easy Waldorf Salad is bursting with fresh fruit in an addictive pineapple yogurt dressing!   The original Waldorf salad recipe might have you asking lots of questions. There is fruit.. with mayonnaise… and a whole lot of different things going on. Today’s recipe is slightly different from the original, yes there is still fruit (and celery! trust me… it’s good!), but it’s my version of the Waldorf salad dressing that makes it updated and oh, so yummy! Greek yogurt, crushed pineapple, honey, and a touch of parsley really sets this salad apart!   Still sounds a little weird? Believe me, I get it! But, once you try this Waldorf salad recipe you will be hooked! It’s basically a fruit salad with a little extra pop! It’s crunchy, creamy, sweet, fresh, and delicious! A mixture of apples, golden raisins, grapes, celery, and walnuts all tossed in a sweet Greek yogurt dressing… I mean that sounds pretty darn good to me! Waldorf Salad Recipe Directions: Dice Gala apples, slice celery, slice grapes, and toast walnuts if needed. Place into a large bowl with golden raisins and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, crushed pineapple with juice, honey, and parsley. Pour dressing on top of salad ingredients and toss to combine. Serve classically in lettuce cups or eat on it’s own!     One of the ingredients that is actually my favorite is probably the one you think is the strangest. The addition of a little chopped flat leaf parsley in the dressing gives the whole salad this super fresh taste that I just can’t describe. Do NOT...
Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

This rich chocolate cake recipe will have your friends and family asking for this recipe, guaranteed!     Is there anything better than chocolate cake? I think not! This homemade chocolate cake recipe is one of the best I have ever tasted! You might find there are a couple ingredients you wouldn’t expect in a chocolate cake, but trust me, it is so good!! This chocolate cake is rich, moist, and decadent. If you don’t like chocolate, this is not the recipe for you!     I have to be honest, layer cakes and I have not always been besties. I’ve had many a failed layer cake in my kitchen, I am not embarrassed to admit it. What I have finally come to find out, is that you need about double the amount of frosting you think you need. Having some leftover frosting is way better than not having enough then having to make another batch of frosting. At that point, I always just gave up and said the heck with it! But, now that I learned from my mistakes I can pass that wisdom on to you. You’re welcome. 😉   Ugh, you can just tell from the photos how rich and moist this chocolate cake is. You can obviously decorate it however you want, but I wanted this cake to just scream chocolate at you so that’s why I added the candy bars on top, totally optional. Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever Directions: First, make the cakes in advance. Bake, and let cool completely. You have to make sure they are completely cooled before frosting. Once they are...
Easy Creamy Rice Pudding Recipe

Easy Creamy Rice Pudding Recipe

Creamy rice pudding is one of those staple classic recipes you need up your sleeve, this version is sweet, creamy, and studded with raisins!     If you love creamy desserts, this is the post for you! Super creamy rice pudding with warm spices and raisins, you can’t go wrong! This is the best rice pudding recipe I’ve ever made! It’s super easy too because you can use leftover rice. I love making rice pudding with cooked rice because that is one step already done for you and more than half the cooking time cut in half, score! I used long grain white rice to make this recipe but basmati rice works well too.     What makes this version the best rice pudding recipe? It’s the addition of regular and golden raisins along with a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon. Warm spices really make this easy rice pudding shine! Alternatives and Add-Ons: Experiment with dried fruits like dried cherries, apricots, or even mango in place of the raisins. If you are using dried fruit that is bigger than a raisin, make sure to chop them up first. Also, mixing up the spices will make it your own, try chai spice in place of the cinnamon! You can also stir in some nuts right before serving to add a nice textural element. I suggest walnuts or chopped almonds! Don’t have cooked rice on hand? No worries, bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small pot. Add 1/2 cup rice, stir, cover, reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Now, on with the rest of the...

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