I’ve partnered with SocialStars™ and French’s to create this
Confetti Pasta Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing.
It’s the perfect side dish for summer entertaining! #FrenchsCrowd #FrenchsMustard
Food is such a universal language. Think about it. No matter the language, we all speak food. (And if the food is delicious, we might yell!) Sure, the flavors and seasonings vary from culture to culture, but food is usually involved at all celebrations or large family gatherings. You might look forward to the family picnic each year so you can see everyone…and also get some of Mom’s famous Italian pasta salad. Or you might look forward to hanging out with friends on the weekend since that usually involves firing up the grill. Food is a universal language.
And to take that thought one step further, recipes are a shared experience. I’ve got all sorts of recipes around here. In fact, I’ve got more recipes than I could probably make in a lifetime. There are cookbooks with dogeared pages and sticky notes stuck to every other page. There’s a printed out stack of recipes in a file organizer on the corner of my desk. There are hand-written, scribbled recipes that I’ve gotten from friends over the years. I like to think all of these recipes are neatly organized for whenever I need a new one…but let’s be honest. Whenever I remember a recipe, I have to go hunting all over the place for it. But when that hunting yields tasty summer side dishes like this Confetti Pasta Salad, then the effort was worth it!
This Confetti Pasta Salad recipe came from one of my good friends in Atlanta. We’d gone over to her apartment to watch some college football, and she served this absolutely delicious pasta salad. (Her husband was in the kitchen frying up endless batches of chicken nuggets with a honey-mustard dipping sauce. Yum!) Laura and I both found ourselves going back to this pasta salad, though, so I asked her for the recipe. She said it originally came from her sister, but she’d made a few changes. She was kind enough to share, and I filed this recipe away in my “archives,” aka pile of stuff.
So when I stumbled across this pile in a box a few weeks ago, I immediately wanted to make this Confetti Pasta Salad again. Not only is it colorful and bright, but the flavors are perfect for summer! There’s fresh tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers…and then the Lemon Dijon Dressing takes it to a whole new level. (I don’t know about you, but lemon is just such a perfect flavor for hot summer days, right?)
I used French’s Dijon Mustard for this Lemon Dijon Dressing, and it was perfect! Although French’s is known for it’s Classic Yellow Mustard, they also have this creamy Dijon Mustard and a Spicy Brown Mustard, too. True story: whenever we go out to our favorite burger place, I always ask for a side of Dijon mustard. Always. For me, Dijon mustard takes a classic burger to a whole new level. Give it a try sometime!
Not only is French’s Dijon made with real chardonnay, but it doesn’t include any fillers or thickeners. Just mustard seeds, vinegar, chardonnay and spices. But don’t let the short ingredient list fool you! This mustard adds to a touch of gourmet and class to your cooking. That Dijon flavor is predominant in the Lemon Dijon Dressing, and I suspect this pasta salad will be a summer staple around our house this year. (Thank goodness I stumbled across that handwritten recipe again!)
Your turn! What are your favorite ways to use Dijon mustard?