Ahhhh. Summertime and the living is easy. Especially if your air conditioner is in working order. We are gearing up for one of the longest heat spells in 15 years in our area! Our air conditioner is tired! It needs recharging or replacing or re-something or other!
When it gets too hot out (and in) I just don't feel like cooking anything too complicated. I came up with this macaroni salad and it was just perfect for a hot summer night. Isn't that a song from Grease or something??
First I cooked up 2 cups of macaroni and grilled a couple of chicken breasts and diced them. I cut up about a 1/2 cup of garden fresh green beans and par boiled them. I chopped a yellow bell pepper, 1 medium sweet onion, and 2 Roma tomatoes, a handful of pickled peppercinis , and a 1/2 cup of fresh sweet basil. I sliced up a couple of small zucchini as well. I tossed all of these terrific taste sensations together and then jazzed it all up with a bit of dressing.
This Trader Joe's season blend is rockin' (so don't bother knockin'). If you have a TJ's near you, I strongly encourage you to pick yourself up a bottle of this stuff. You can use it in so many ways.
For the dressing I combined 1 cup low fat mayo, juice from 1 lemon, 1 tsp salt, and 2 tbsp of Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute. I mixed it up well.
I poured the dressing over the other ingredients and mixed well, covered it and placed it in the fridge for several hours.
This is great just by itself or served with some crusty bread and some kind of refreshing drink. I personally think a great drink choice would be Lisa's Sake Sunset Cooler. Check out Lisa's blog for this yummy recipe!