Friday, May 13, 2011

Cool Summer Meal--Chicken Pasta Salad and Homemade Lemonade

It has been hot here the past couple of days!  As in, I'm taking a break from diggin' out the yard because it is too frigging hot!  A frustrating turn, since I only have one more bed to dig out, but I digress.

Not only is it too hot to dig, but it is too hot to turn the oven on--so I haven't been.  One of my favorite summery meals is cold chicken or tuna pasta salad, since it can be made in the early morning or late at night when the temperature is more reasonable and then served whenever.  And, of course, a nice, refreshing glass of lemonade is always welcome on hot days!


6 cups cold water
2 cups lemon juice (approximately 8 lemons)
1 heaping cup of sugar (adjust to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher.  Chill and serve with ice.


4 cups uncooked pasta
2 cups frozen peas
1 onion, chopped
1 lg can of tuna (drained), canned chicken (drained), or approximately 1 cup fresh chicken, diced
1 cup mayonnaise or whipped salad dressing (like Miracle Whip)
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 tbsp paprika
salt to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Rinse in cold water.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing thoroughly.  For best taste, chill for at least a couple hours, but may be served immediately as well.

1 comment:

  1. I love real lemonade, I make it often in the summer.