A delightful addition to our traditional Easter dinner fare is our Easter Spring Pasta Salad. With a delicious ham as our centerpiece, many sweet and savory side dishes come to mind. I always include scalloped potatoes, asparagus and sweet potato casserole. As I have been looking at various online sites it is looking like our Christmas holiday favorite of cornbread dressing may be making an entrance upon Easter. I say, "Why not?", cornbread dressing can be good compliment to honey sweetened ham or grill smoked ham with cherry glaze.
Our dinner always begins with a small amount of French Onion Soup with homemade Holiday Yeast Rolls. The rolls even get a stage with some shaped like bunnies with tails all ready to take on some creamy butter. Even with all of this deliciousness, I kept thinking about a new salad as I did with the Bunny Roll Salad several years back. I wanted a salad that was full of fresh greens and vegetables that remind of us the Spring season. I think we have this accomplished this here with our Easter Spring Pasta Salad which is full of wonderful lettuces, shredded carrot and purple cabbage (a lettuce blend I find at my grocery store pre-packaged), sliced red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, sliced purple Italian onion, garbanzo beans, petite green peas topped with shredded parmesan or an Italian Blended cheese and crisp cooked bacon. Oh, and don't forget our al-dente prepared Farfalle (Bow Tie) pasta. Top is off with a favorite dressing or use the ingredient stated of Creamy Ceasar. This is a great salad to have as your opening course or to serve along with your Holiday meal.
Additions to the salad:
Asparagus tips, just steamed and cooled
Sliced hard cooked egg, a great addition since we are decorating eggs for the Easter Bunny.
Fresh Ground Pepper, a sprinkling of.
This salad is a tasteful and pretty presentation for the Easter Holiday or for the Summer as well.