Pastas and noodles are in good terms with my son and he likes to have them plain. He hates cooked vegetables in them and find excuses to avoid them. When I make vegetable noodles, he tend to fish out the noodles from among the vegetables and blame it on his tool. To my questions, he answers with a cheeky grin. "Oh mom, only the noodles tangle on the fork and the vegetables tend to fall away" (!) And I find myself at a loss for words...
But he likes raw vegetables, unless they are not 'plants' ( that's what he calls the green leaves like lettuce and parsley). So when he started fishing out the 'plants' from his salad, I had to think of a better plan to make him eat them. He love the salads we used to get from Pizza hut and Sweet Pasta Salad was his favourite. I have wondered, why he never noticed lettuce in it. More often he ate more salad than Pizza. So I thought it was high time I tried the pasta salad at home. I googled for the recipe and what I found tasted no where near to the salad on our tongue. So I made my own experiments and somehow the salad turned out to be a Pizza hut sibling (if not a clone). Actually it was so simple and I was glad that my son loved it. Surprise! Surprise! he didn't notice 'plants' in it.
Sweet Pasta Salad
Things you need:
300g spiral pasta/ Rotini pasta
2 carrots, cut into small cubes
1 small head of romaine lettuce, torn
1 green /red bell pepper (capsicum). cut into small pieces
1 cup steam cooked sweet corn
1/2 tsp black pepper pdr
3 tbsp sugar/ honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 tsp oregano (optional)
Salt to taste
- Cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Drain and transfer to a salad bowl. Add the carrots, lettuce, bell pepper and sweet corn and combine.
- In another bowl combine the mayonnaise, sugar, pepper, lemon juice,salt and oregano.
- Toss the salad with dressing.
- Chill for 1 to 2 hrs in refrigerator and serve.