Enjoy this whole wheat pasta salad with yogurt dressing as a delicious and healthier pasta salad that also happens to be great for an outdoor concert picnic.
Here in Milwaukee and areas surrounding the city there are many outdoor concerts in the summer. It’s a fun summer activity – you grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and go enjoy live music at a park.
As summer was winding down and it was the last of such concerts, my mother in law and her friends invited us (my husband and I) to go to one. They said it was potluck style, so I knew I wanted to bring something that every one would enjoy – a pasta salad was the first thing that came to mind (last year I made this pasta salad for many a picnic and wanted to make it similar) !! And I wanted to incorporate the fresh ingredients in my garden – herbs, more herbs, and tomatoes! I also had some mini peppers from the farmers market which I thought would go great in the pasta salad, I roasted them to give them more depth of flavor. Then for the dressing the tang from the Greek yogurt works so well mixed with fresh herbs and a little citrus, and I loved being able to pick the herbs from my garden and use them right away. This pasta salad is so summery and perfect for bringing along to a picnic, or for having in the fridge for a healthy lunch option (after the picnic we had this for lunch and it had me thinking how perfect it was for making a batch to have on hand in the fridge!)
Now that you know how the pasta salad is made, let me tell you about the outdoor concerts that my mother in law and her friends go to. One might think of grabbing a blanket and maybe some snacks and going to see some live music (which is what we did) but upon coming to their gathering, we were shown what it means to go to an outdoor concert picnic with them – a picnic spread of delicious food (I’m talking appetizers, mains, and dessert -with coffee and wine!) and a table with fresh flowers and a candle and chairs. It was impressive.
Everything was absolutely beautiful and delicious…I’m not even going to tell you how many of those little sandwiches I ate…they’re called “Pamwiches” because they are famous sandwiches made by Pam (second from left in the above group photo) and I’m totally going to try and get her to make them with me so I can share the recipe with you guys…because they are sooooo good!
Our little blanket we had brought along just didn’t stand a chance, it was drowned out by all the set ups, chairs, and throngs of people. I can’t wait to go back next year (with chairs in tow). I like doing as much ahead of time as I can so that putting the pasta salad together is a breeze. I roasted the pepper and made the pasta the night before and then day of making all I did was cut the tomatoes, herbs and make the dressing - which took all of 5 minutes!
I like doing as much ahead of time as I can so that putting the pasta salad together is a breeze. I roasted the pepper and made the pasta the night before and then day of making all I did was cut the tomatoes, herbs and make the dressing - which took all of 5 minutes!