Does anyone else feel compelled to feed people? Aside from my obvious need to share pictures of what I eat on the internet, I just want to shove my food in people’s faces. It’s to the extreme that I don’t feel right showing up anywhere without food in my hands. If people are coming to my house, it’s even worse. “Oh hey Kelly, I brought this side dish” — oh that’s cool, I have all 4 eating surfaces sufficiently covered in finger foods, desserts, cocktails, and dips (let’s not even talk about the actual dinner), but go ahead and make space. Last weekend, I agreed to let my friend Emily throw her husband a graduation party at my house. We were wrapping up our paver patio (whyyyy is it taking so long?) and I wanted to show it off, but Josh had one stipulation: that I let Emily actually do the planning, the food making, everything. I could clean the house, drag out chairs for a bonfire, but that’s pretty much it. I’m happy to say that I reigned myself in pretty well. I still made a big batch of a mixed drink to share and at the last minute I decided to throw together this pasta salad. So glad I did, because it’s the best pasta salad I’ve ever had. The secret in this bad boy? Yogurt. I love the tang! I actually added a little bit of sweetness from agave to make it mildly reminiscent of mayo and not freak people out. Then I added the flavors of Italian dressing and Ranch dressing to make it absolutely irresistible. Oh, plus veggies. So many veggies. Because I didn’t originally plan on making pasta salad, I grabbed a bottle of organic Tuscan Italian salad dressing at the store to use. If that bothers you or if you have the time, homemade would work just as well.
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