Sunday Snack: Angel Hair Pasta Salad

January 11, 2009

I couldn’t call this a Sunday Supper since my “meat eating men” wouldn’t be satisfied with this for dinner.  So, it’s Sunday Snack to enjoy during the San Diego Chargers game today.

This is my ‘lower’ fat version of BigSis’ original recipe. I’m not a big fan of cold pasta salad at all, but I love this recipe. And, I know it seems odd to use angel hair instead of a macaroni or a rotelle, but it just works in this recipe, so I’ve never tried to change it.  To lower the fat, I cut the amount of olive oil in half.  I also cut the amount of the cheese in half and used 2% cheese instead. And, I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon.  I also added the capers and chives and used very little mayo. (I don’t substitute low fat mayo, though, because I think it’s too sweet!)

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

1 (12 oz.) package vermicelli
Juice of one large lemon
1/4 c. olive oil
1 pound turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
8 oz. smoked ham, julienned
8 oz. grated cheddar cheese (2%)
5 1/2 oz.  jar green olives, sliced
2 or 3 T. capers, to taste
2 or 3 T. snipped chives
Mayonnaise, (maybe 1/4 c.)

Break vermicelli into 2 inch pieces and cook according to package directions. (Be careful not to overcook) Drain. Toss in lemon juice and olive oil and marinate overnight. The next day, add the rest of the ingredients, using just enough mayonnaise to bind it together. Salad is best served at room temperature.

Oh, so yummy!

Oh, so yummy!

close-up-pasta-salad

I also whipped up a batch of deviled eggs as another little snack. This recipe is just totally to individual taste. I don’t even measure.


Easy Deviled Eggs

Dozen boiled eggs
Mayo
Mustard
Dill Relish
Dill pickle juice
Celery Salt
Paprika

Cut eggs in half. Remove yolks. Mix together yolks with desired amount of the next five ingredients. Fill eggs and sprinkle with paprika.

deviled-eggs

Easy Deviled Eggs

closeup-deviled-eggs

I don’t know if these snacks are are really considered “football watching” grub, but they’re both so good!  The guys would have been happy with chips and dip and some big greasy burgers!

~LilSis

10 Comments so far

  1. Posted by BigSis

    January 11, 20095:32 pm

    Those both look incredible, LilSis! I love that pasta salad, and I still make it, but without the bacon and turkey of course. I add black olives too, and have added chopped pecans with good results. I love adding the capers and chives. You make your deviled eggs just like I do. Back when I was a meat-eater, I had a favorite egg recipe with minced sour pickles and prosciutto. It was really good!

  2. Posted by SisMama

    January 12, 200912:53 am

    OK..you are really making me hungry now..at 1AM..I love the pasta salad too, as well as the deviled eggs..I like to sprinkle them with seasoned salt and don’t add any to the mayo/mustard mixture, but do add a little lemon juice, if I don’t use pickle relish..there are so many variations to make deviled eggs..some cooks don’t add mustard, but the taste is much better with it..Great photos !!

  3. Posted by LilSis

    January 12, 200911:23 am

    BigSis, glad you like the revised recipe. It turned out so good! I had some black olives but didn’t even think of adding those, also. I’ll have to remember that for next time.

    SisMama, glad you like the recipes, too. Sometimes, I do use seasoned salt on the eggs instead of paprika, but I was trying to watch the sodium since I already had pickle juice in the recipe. I do actually like the seasoned salt better.

  4. Posted by MoJo JoJo

    January 23, 20093:44 pm

    I love, Love, LOVE this salad!! Since I am a beginner cook, I’m grateful for recipes that are easy and fun. There is nothing in the recipe that you can overcook and burn (except maybe the noodles), and you can practically throw whatever you want into the bowl and stir. I added boiled eggs and lemon pepper. I ate my salad for lunch and dinner for 3 days and it was light on my stomach and tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Posted by LilSis

    January 23, 20096:34 pm

    Hi MoJo JoJo!
    I’m so glad that you tried this salad and that you loved it! You’re right, you can change it up to suit your taste. I like the idea of the boiled eggs. If you liked this recipe so much, you should try the orzo recipe that I posted today, the 23rd. It’s even easier and yummy and healthy!

  6. Posted by BigSis

    January 24, 20099:46 am

    Hey Mojo Jojo! I’m really excited that you had such great results with this salad! It’s a very simple recipe, but it always comes out so delicious and it isn’t the same old macaroni-cheese cube-mayo-thing. Thanks for your comments!

  7. Posted by Michelle

    April 14, 20108:33 pm

    Now I wish I had some of our frozen Easter Ham but we finished it off a few days ago.

    I happen to love cold pasta salads!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog post … Welcome to the 9th HBinFive Bread Braid =-.

  8. Posted by maggy

    April 15, 20107:07 am

    Great recipe! Love pasta salad.

  9. Posted by Tracy

    April 15, 20107:48 am

    I LOVE cold pasta salads. This looks great!
    .-= Tracy´s last blog post … Leek and Gruyère Soufflé =-.

  10. Posted by Jen @ How To: Simplify

    April 15, 201011:03 am

    Cold pasta salads are perfect for the spring and summer. They’re so refreshing!

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