I had the best low-key Memorial weekend ever!
We kicked it off with the Memorial Day Murph on Saturday. Sunday, I made my 3-Bean Salad for a friend’s BBQ. And Monday we stayed in and grilled at home. Mom brought over a fabulous bone-in pork roast (so mad I didn’t snap a pic of that bad boy in the grill), and I made this simple pasta salad.
I’m calling this a “Dump Salad” because that all you do. You literally dump all the ingredients in a bowl and eat. There’s no chopping or cleaning, no mess, no fuss, just a simple salad with ingredients you may already have in your pantry.
I loved it! And I’ve been eating the leftovers all week for lunch with some added grilled chicken. The family liked it too. Mom thought it needed a bit more vinegar, The Husband thought it was fine the way it was. However, he’s more of a mayo-salad guy. Yuck.
The kids didn’t like that it was cold. Cold. Where’s the eye-roll emoji? It’s supposed to be cold.
Whatevs. What do they know anyway?
I hope it gives you some ideas.
Pesto Pasta Dump Salad
Yield 12 cups
Pesto Pasta Dump Salad is a loaded with flavor, takes minutes to prepare, makes a great addition to any BBQ, and only had five ingredients!
- 1 pound tricolor pasta
- 1 jar artichoke hearts (12oz)
- 1/4 cup prepared/jarred pesto
- 1 small jar capers (4oz)
- 2 bags of frozen mixed vegetables Sicilian blend (2lbs)
Cook the pasta according to the package.
While the pasta is cooking, make the dressing by draining the artichoke hearts and capers in a small bowl and reserving the liquid. Mix the liquid from both jars with 1/4 cup pesto. Set aside.
When the pasta is done, drain and return to pot. Add the bags of frozen veggies and toss until defrosted.
Top with the dressing, artichoke hearts and capers. Toss until everything is well combined. Enjoy or chill until ready to serve.
- You could use any shape pasta but shoot for something "curly" it helps soak up the flavors.
- If you can't find a Sicilian blend frozen veggie bag, look for one with squash, carrots, and cauliflower. They were the best additions. That said though, any frozen veggie mix would work. Go for what you like!
- If you don't like capers, olives could work too.
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3 g
Total Carbohydrates 33 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 4 g
Protein 6 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.