Tuesday, April 8, 2008

YRR Goddess Pasta Salad

My buddy Ashley (the awesome potluck organizer) made my favorite savory dish at the potluck, the Goddess Pasta Salad out of Yellow Rose Recipes. I managed to make Jared a plate of food from the potluck so he got to try a bite or two of this salad and was in love. I decided to give the recipe a try to see if I could make it as tasty as Ashley. Alas, I failed. She must have put extra super duper love in her batch because mine just didn't taste as good. Maybe it was because it took me an hour to make or maybe it was all the measuring, but everything just didn't seem to come together. There was something about the dressing that was off. I'm thinking I put too much dill in mine and not enough salt. It's possible too that this is the kind of thing that tastes better day after day of being in the fridge. I guess I'll find out because it made a ton!
For the most part I followed the recipe but I did end up slicing an avocado on top since it needed be to be used (that and I love the stuff). I think if I make this again, I'll leave out the cucumber, used grape tomatoes instead of plum tomatoes, and maybe use fresh basil instead of dill. The corn didn't add a whole bunch to the salad for me, so I'm thinking I may add red bell pepper instead. The edamame rocked though!
All and all, I like the idea behind this recipe but it won't be on my regular rotation, unless Ashley volunteers to make it for me!
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**UPDATE** It didn't get better the next day : (

15 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

oh my, that pasta salad looks WONDERFUL!! nice call on adding the avocado (yum!) - the dish would look incomplete without it! :0)

Ashley Nicole said...

Oh my gosh, you are so sweet!!! It looks soooo tasty in the photo! I think it rocks once it's completely cooled in the fridge (so, the next day). I left out cucumbers because I think they're dumb..and I wanted to put an avocado on mine too (I actually wanted to blend it in with the dressing). I will totally make it for you if you make me macncheese!!

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Glue&Glitter said...

I am a big believer in adding avocado anywhere you can. That looks delicious!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Ooh it's so beautiful and verdant! Sounds like a winning recipe.

Romina said...

AH!! That looks SO good!

aTxVegn said...

It looks great - give it another chance tomorrow. Avocado looks like a perfect and natural addition!

Melody Polakow said...

Your potluck experience looks and sounds like it was awesome! How cool you got to meet Laura!

Sam said...

It looks so pretty! I always hate when people make a dish and I can't make it taste as good as they did. I always wonder what they did to make it so damn tasty... Life's little mysteries I suppose!

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Calimaryn said...

ooo So yummy looking. I still need to get that cookbook. The avocado looks so perfect on the salad, I would call it a recipe enhancement not a deviation from the printed recipe. haha.

Happy Herbivore! said...

amazing. again. beautiful green goodnes. I love it.

also, email me so i can add you as a tester!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Always a bummer when recipes don't work out :-( At least you tried ....

oatmeal said...

That pasta salad is such a delicious shade of green! The avocados make it look even more appealing. Maybe you can watch your friend make the salad and see if she did anything differently!

Celine said...

aw, that's too bad it didn't work out!