A classic cookout side dish is elevated with a favorite Maryland seasoning. Old Bay Pasta Salad is a unique twist on a favorite side!
Can you believe that next week is the 4th of July? That is ca-ray-zay.
How are you enjoying summer so far?
For me I honestly feel like I’ve been in a vortex and haven’t taken the time to truly enjoy it.
No beach trips, no sunbathing, no fresh strawberries, no pools, no popsicles, nothing.
I really need to snap out of my summer slump!
The one thing though that I have enjoyed is the long days. I LOVE that it is light out at 5:35am when I wake up, but that it also stays light until 8:30pm which gives me plenty of time to enjoy the outside once I get off of work. I used to love winter, but after enjoying these wonderful long days I’m thinking summer has trumped winter’s place. Plus add in the fresh produce, the fireflies in the evening, and the ease in wardrobe and I’m basically sold.
Sorry it took me so long to be a summer believer everyone.
Anyways, to celebrate summer and the 4th of July I decided to bring you a classic pasta salad but with a twist- Old Bay!
Now some of you know I am a proud Marylander and Old Bay is practically holy here. We love that stuff and you really can add it to anything. In particular, I love Old Bay on corn on the cob, popcorn, meats, seafood, and fries. Have you had any of those combos before?
Well today I’m adding one more- Old Bay Pasta Salad! A few years ago one of my coworkers brought in pasta salad that had Old Bay on it and I was in love! I’d never though of putting it on pasta salad before but oh what a combination it is! I don’t put so much that it masks the flavor of everything else in the salad, but it adds just enough of a hint of that Old Bay deliciousness that we Marylanders love.
Plus, in a world full of pasta salads, why be anything ordinary?
Go ahead and make it! And tell me what your favorite ways to enjoy pasta salad or Old Bay are! I’d love to hear it!
- 1 (16oz) box rotini noodles
- 1 cup Italian dressing
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning (plus more to taste)
- 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- ½ red onion, diced
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook rotini noodles according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, whisk Italian dressing, olive oil, and Old Bay in a bowl until combined.
- Once the pasta is done cooking, drain the noodles and turn off the heat. Return the cooked noodles to the pot and drizzle on prepared dressing. Add in broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and red onion and gently toss to combine.
- Place prepared pasta salad in a covered container in the refrigerator and allow to cool. Serve chilled.
Here are some other great summer sides!