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Not so Antipasta salad

Not so antipasta salad

Welcome to the first of hopefully many Summer Salads recipes!  I love making all different kinds of salads over the summer to serve for dinner. I’m sharing this easy and delicious not so antipasta salad. It has all the flavors of a traditional antipasta salad but with the pasta! Make it ahead of time and serve cool when the days are long and hot and you don’t feel like cooking, and enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day. Scroll down for this easy recipe.

Not so antipasta salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cooked pasta
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 jar banana peppers, drained
  • 1 cup olives (halved)
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
  • pepperoni (cut into small chunks)
  • fresh mozzarella balls
  • olive oil and vinegar dressing (I used a three cheese olive oil and vinegar from Aldi, sooo good)

Not so antipasta salad

Directions:

  1. Cook 1 box of pasta until al dente and drain. (I usually will do this ahead of time so that it is chilled and store in my refrigerator in a large ziploc bag).
  2. In a large bowl combine the pasta and chopped vegetable/other salad ingredients.
  3. Top with dressing. (I used about 1/4-1/2 the bottle but you can add more the next day when having leftovers).
  4. Serve chilled and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Not so antipasta salad

 

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Not so antipasta salad

Not so antipasta salad

This salad has all the flavors of an antipasta salad but with the pasta! It's the perfect summer dinner when its super hot out and you want something cold.
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta cooked
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 jar banana peppers drained
  • 1 cup olives halved
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes drained and chopped
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes drained and chopped
  • 1 cup pepperoni cut into small pieces
  • 1 container fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 bottle olive oil and vinegar dressing more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook 1 box of pasta until al dente and drain. (I usually will do this ahead of time so that it is chilled and store in my refrigerator in a large ziploc bag).
  • In a large bowl combine the pasta and chopped vegetable/other salad ingredients.
  • Top with dressing. (I used about 1/4-1/2 the bottle but you can add more the next day when having leftovers).
  • Serve chilled and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Keyword pasta, salad

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Not so antipasta salad

6 In DIY/ home/ home decor

Patriotic Door Basket

Patrotic door basket

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If you’re looking for a cute way to decorate your front door for the summer, this DIY Patriotic Door Basket is so simple and classic.  I like to switch up from front door decor from time to time and change from my wreath to a door basket. The thing I like about the door basket, is that you can switch out your flowers as the seasons change.

Patriotic Door Basket

You will need:

Patriotic Door Basket Decor

Start by filling your basket with a filler. I like to use either plastic or paper bags that I have on hand.

Patriotic Door Basket Decor

Add your faux flowers. I used blue hydrangeas, some white smaller flowers and a few eucalyptus stems to add some greenery.

Stand your basket up or hang on door to add the flags so you can get a better idea of where they look best.

Hang using an over the door hook or a magnetic door hook.

Patriotic Door Basket Decor

Let me know what you think and if you happen to re-create one, share on Instagram and tag me @ourtiny_nest so that I can see!

 

Linking some baskets below

Patriotic door basket decor

Patriotic Door basket - amazon jute rope

Patriotic door basket - gray long basket

Patriotic door basket from Target

 

For more patriotic ideas check out

Patriotic Smore’s Dip

Boozy Bomb Pops

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2 In Nesting

Nesting

Nesting - tips for peonies

Nesting on this beautiful Saturday morning in June.

I’m off to a baby shower this morning for a very special family friend.

I’m wearing this dress I just got from Target which seemed to be everyone’s favorite on my Instagram. If you missed it, click here to see what I got. All dresses are currently 20% off at Target now.  So basically you can just call me Meryl because I’ll be channeling my inner Coastal Grandmother. If you don’t know what I’m talking about click here to see what I mean.

Also, can we talk about peony season for a minute? I know that’s one of the things we all share in common in this space, our love for peonies. I wish their beauty would last longer. One of my tips is to cut them when they are a marshmallowy bud, wrap in damp paper towel and store in the refrigerator.  Click here to check out my other tips for peonies if you missed it.

I made the most delicious summer burrata board the other day and I can’t stop thinking about it. I also made it into a salad too and so that’s what I’m basically eating every day for lunch.

Father’s Day is officially 1 week away! Did you see my Father’s Day gift guide? Be sure to check out some of my gift ideas since men are infamous of being hard to shop for 😉

 

And now for this week’s inspiration

If you’re also all about the coastal vibe, you have to check out Jennifer from Cottage at Bunker Hill. I’m obsessed with this  DIY for this beautiful sea glass beaded garland she made.

These easy rainbow dessert cups are so adorable for summer! Perfect for kids and adults!

Tis the season for graduation parties! And this is a cute DIY graduation gift idea!

 

And stay tuned next week. Coming up I have patriotic door decor and a cute idea for all of your kid’s artwork at the end of the year.

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6 In food

Summer Burrata Board

Summer burrata board

To know me means that you know I have never met a charcuterie board I did not like. When we go out to dinner, that’s what I order so I can pick and have little bites of everything. I also love putting together boards when entertaining or just when I don’t feel like cooking and want to feel fancy. This summer burrata board is so refreshing. Scroll down to see how I put it together.

Summer Burrata Board

Light burrata pairs well with delicious summer flavors like fresh peaches, berries, mint or basil. I whipped up this board one Friday night for cocktail hour for Rick and I.

This summer burrata board make the perfect dish to bring to your summer parties whether as an appetizer or side dish. Let your guests make their own small plates or you can also choose to slice the fruit into  smaller pieces and cut the burrata into chunks so that people can assemble as a little salad. Drizzle with a little olive oil and balsamic glaze.

Things that I love to pair with burrata:

  • melon
  • berries
  • peaches or other stone fruit
  • salty proscuitto
  • tomatoes
  • mint, basil or arugula
  • crackers or crostini

Summer burrata board

 

And here it is as a salad. I topped with some chopped pecans for a little crunch.

Click here to see how to make it.

It’s very similar to this peach arugula salad which is also a favorite of mine. Click here for recipe.

Peach burrata salad

This serves really well with my rose elderflower spritz or lilac lemonade prosecco.

For more board ideas

Click here for the Ultimate Grilled Steak Charcuterie Board

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Summer burrata board

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