Hookay so… my Instagram semi-exploded the other day when I posted a photo of my pregnancy-induced pasta salad-a-thon. I think it’s a combination of everyone being giddy with excitement over spring and summer produce breaking us out of our winter rut as well as the fact that pasta is [let's face it] the ultimate comfort food. It holds a dear place in my heart [and duh, stomach!] simply because it’s so flipping versatile. [ok it doesn't hurt that there are noodles involved too!] I can whip up a bowl with nearly any random combination of fridge and pantry ingredients and it can be ready in a moment’s notice. This is absolutely perfect around BBQ/party/potluck season in the Spring and Summertime and, in true military fashion, I usually find out about most of these events a few hours before I have to attend them. It’s my speedy savior and always an instant hit. It’s also one of those dishes that, when I make it, results in a full-blown husband happy dance. [which looks a lot like this if you're curious] I think it’s safe to say that I make this a lot =) I love a good happy dance!
Want it creamy? Mix the above Italian dressing recipe with your favorite homemade or [natural!] store-bought caesar dressing. I’m a bit obsessed with this one and won’t buy any other brand.