Monday, September 5, 2011

Need a new idea for your Labor Day picnic?

During the summer we picnic at the lake a couple times a week. Our typical picnic menu is either hot dogs, chicken, pork chops, ribs, hamburgers or steaks. Over time even my meat eaters get tired of grilled meats. So here's an idea that has added variety to our summer picnics.

Summer Pasta Bar!

Cooked pasta (When I make pasta salad I usea combination of vegetable pasta and wheat pasta for the fun colors)
Assorted chopped vegetables, carrots, red cabbage, green onions, cilantro, celery, shredded zucchini etc.
Cherry tomatoes
Canned black olives
Canned artichoke hearts
Canned mushroom
Pickled beats
Red kidney bean
Feta cheese
Mozzarella cubes
Chicken tenders, cooked and sliced
Salmon, cooked and flaked
Salad shrimp, cooked and well rinsed
Bottled salad dressing (Some of our favorites are catalina, cheesy Italian or poppy seed)

Directions:  The night before prepare pasta, vegetables, and cook the salmon and chicken tenders.  Place in plastic containers and refrigerate.  Next morning pack containers in picnic cooler with plenty of ice.  When it is time for lunch set up your pasta bar and everyone is happy because they can fix it THEIR WAY!

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