Friday, June 21, 2013

Salad Kelly Ann

 
Summer.  It is the topic that sits indisputably at the top of everyone's conversation.   For our family it means many of the typical seasonal activities;  baseball, summer camps, summer jobs, fixing sprinklers and garden hoses, and spending as much time outside as possible.  No matter who you are or where you live though, in terms of food, summer is almost always synonymous with salad.

I've talked about it before on here, and in all likelihood it will come up again.  We all know someone, either friend or family, who can make a particular dish better than anyone else.  These are the culinary Picassos in our lives, the Rembrandts, and the Sinatras.  These are the people we know whose very name elicits thoughts of among other things - pies, dinner rolls, side dishes, and salads.  In the most severe cases, or in times of extreme hunger, these savory visions can be accompanied by an abrupt activation of your salivary glands.  

My niece Kelly has many, many special qualities.  She is perhaps 7 or 8 years my junior and I can vividly remember being allowed to hold her when she was an infant.  Of course I was made to sit on a sofa while someone took our picture together.  That is my earliest memory of Kelly, probably because tucked away somewhere, I still have that treasured photo.

When I think of Kelly,  a myriad of of wonderful thoughts enter my head.  Always bubbly, always smiling, fiercely loyal and a favorite cousin of my boys, she has always been the perfect niece.   I would be far less than honest however if I didn't mention another attribute of Kelly's of which in my mind she is inextricably linked - her salad.


It is the stuff picnic and cookout dreams are made of.  It is  full-bodied yet soft, not all that  uncommon yet unique with the touches she adds.  This is of course where artistry enters.   If there was a container large enough to hold it, I can see myself bouncing about in it, like one of our kids in a bouncy house.  I've tried making this before (the boys ask for it and they know who its creator is), but in my mind it doesn't have the heightened level of taste as Kelly's.  No doubt, she is the master of this particular salad but don't let that stop you from trying it.  My niece wouldn't want that, I'm sure.


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Salad Kelly Ann
 Reciepe
a Platter Talk Exclusive


Ingredients
16 oz. pasta - Rigatoni works great, Penne, shells etc.
1 cup mayonnaise
1 5 oz. can albacore tuna
1 cup peas
1/2 white onion, diced.
8 oz Parmesan cheese

Instructions
Prepare pasta as directed on box.  Rinse and cool.  Mix all the ingredients together, reserving half the cheese to layer on top when finished mixing.

Tips
  • Per Kelly, add a "dab or two" of vinegar for some extra zing.  It doesn't take much.
  • Adjust amounts of ingredients to taste
  • If making ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap or air-tight lid to prevent from drying out.








17 comments:

  1. Salad Kelly Ann it is for tomorrow's family get-together. Thank you for posting!!

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  2. Mmmmm! Nothing says Summer like pasta salad!

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  3. Your niece sounds like a doll, and summer is definitely the time for pasta salad. Makes me want to go on a picnic!

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    1. Erin,
      We did a picnic last weekend, all 8 of us. It had been years for me. My lesson for the day was, "Life is too short not to picnic..." Do it now!! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  4. Happy first day of summer, Dan! Oh, I just love pasta salads in the summer and this one sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing your niece's recipe! xo

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    1. Stacy,
      Enjoy the weekend, and thanks for the kind comments!

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  5. What a sweet post! And you can't beat a salad like this for summer get-togethers!

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    1. Marie,
      Thanks for the nice comment and I hope your summer is off to a great beginning!

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  6. Looks delicious. I might just have to give it a try for this weekend's BBQ!

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    1. Thank you for leaving a comment, hope your weekend and BBQ were lovely!

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  7. Sounds like an awesome signature dish, especially for summer!

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    1. Joanne,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I was just thinking - wouldn't it be fun to orngaize a dinner full of signature dishes? Have a great week!

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  8. Mmm....this does look and sound like one fantastic salad! Will have to pin it for some BBQs this summer :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Regina and happy BBQ season!

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  9. Thank you Dan for sharing Kelly Ann's delicious pasta! Sounds perfect for summer picnic or family get togethers :)
    Cheers,
    J+C

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    1. This salad is a great crowd pleaser. Thanks for the comments and stopping by Platter Talk!

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