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In the summer I like to make big side dishes that we can eat all week long. Usually it's something that I don't need to make in the oven and something that pairs well with all the grilled meat we make. One of my favorite summer side dishes is pasta salad.
I've made a lot of different pasta salads over the years. My traditional pasta salad is simply pasta, pepperoni, cheese, veggies, and Italian dressing. I've also made a Mexican pasta salad, a ranch pasta salad, and a variety of other pasta salads.
Making pasta salad is great when you have leftover vegetables in the refrigerator because you can put in just about anything. Choose a few veggies, pick a type of cheese, then simply make a dressing and pour it over top of the pasta. If you want a heartier pasta salad you can add chicken or shrimp to the mix.
I made Everything Bagel Pasta Salad because everyone seems to be going crazy over everything bagel seasoning. You can even buy it in a bottle! I made my own instead of purchasing a bottle because I had everything I needed in my pantry. I combined poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper to make the seasoning. Then I added it to olive oil and red wine vinegar to make it a dressing.
When I first tasted it I wasn't too impressed. But, like all good pasta salads, it got better then longer it sat. By the morning it was super flavorful and had the classic flavors of an everything bagel. I liked the variety of the seasonings paired with the vegetables and sharp cheddar cheese. I just know this is going to be a new family favorite this summer!
- 10 oz. bow tie pasta, cooked and drained
- 1 T. poppyseeds
- 1 T. sesame seeds
- 1 T. garlic powder
- 2 t. oregano
- 1 T. sea salt
- 2 t. black pepper
- ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil
- 3 T. red wine vinegar
- 1 T. water
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
- Place the pasta in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the poppyseeds, sesame seeds, garlic powder, oregan, sea salt, black pepper, olive oil, vinegar, and water. Whisk to combine. Pour over top of the pasta and toss to coat.
- Add in the peppers, onions, celery, and cheese. Toss to combine.
- Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
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