It's been rainy here the past couple of days, so the weather has been much cooler - mainly in the 50's. I love looking out into the gray day and see the vibrancy of certain trees that are starting to change color. It gives me that sense of coziness as I look out onto the moody Autumn day.
It also makes me hungry for Fall flavors! I've been going through recipes like crazy and planning some cozy Fall inspired meals in the days ahead. Today I want to share this yummy pasta salad recipe that I was given by an Aunt of mine. I love it as it's one that is versatile and can work by either using chicken or turkey - but I love it with turkey, as the other flavors in it remind me of Fall too. So today I'd like to share:
Can you see the bits of turkey, celery, dried cranberry, and toasty salty almonds - all in a creamy poppyseed dressing? Delicious! Here is the recipe and variations:
FALL PASTA SALAD
1 pound box curly or bow tie pasta,cooked, drained & rinsed
1 can whole salted almonds
2-3 cups cooked diced chicken or turkey
1/2 vadalia onion chopped small - (I didn't have one so I just left the onion out and it was still as good as when I've had it in)
1 cup sliced celery
1 bag dried cherries or cranberries
Dressing: mix 1 generous cup of mayo with 1 bottle of low fat/fat free poppyseed dressing (my aunt recommended Maple Grove Farms brand & that's what I used).
Mix all together and refrigerate for at least an hour or 2. This pasta salad just seems to get better the more it sits and the flavors marry.