PASTA SALAD WITH CREAMY AVOCADO SAUCE

PASTA SALAD WITH CREAMY AVOCADO SAUCE

PASTA SALAD WITH CREAMY AVOCADO SAUCE

 

Pasta Salad with Avocado Sauce – This simple recipe uses avocado instead of mayonnaise to create the perfect, creamy sauce!

And don’t even get me started on potato salad. Potatoes + mayonnaise + mustard = salad. ‘MERICA.

Pasta salad may not be the healthiest salad you can make, but you sure can lighten it up if you smother it with a creamy sauce made with healthy fat.

Enter avocado.

Pasta Salad with Avocado Sauce – This simple recipe uses avocado instead of mayonnaise to create the perfect, creamy sauce! TheGarlicDiaries.com

Blend up a few avocados, some garlic (of course), lemon juice, a touch of basil, and you have a creamy, luxurious sauce that you will dream about for days.

This sauce is just as creamy and delicious as any mayonnaise based sauces that you may have tried before.

And and aaaaand it tastes better too!

I promise!

Pasta Salad with Avocado Sauce – This simple recipe uses avocado instead of mayonnaise to create the perfect, creamy sauce! TheGarlicDiaries.com

And then to make it even better, we throw some fresh corn, tomatoes, and chives on top, mix it together and call it a day.

Your mouth and tummy will be so happy :).

Remember a few posts ago I talked about how ready I am for fall so I can cook and post cozy, comforting fall and winter food? I am still very VERY excited for that day to come, but after my bruschetta on monday, and my summery pasta salad today, I am thinking I might miss some of this summery food just a little bit.

But not enough to make me sad in the least that fall is coming. You should see the recipe note on my phone right now where I keep upcoming blog post ideas…the last third of the items contain one of the following words: pumpkin, stew, crock pot, soup, roasted, baked or casserole.

It’s okay. I will patiently wait with my plate full of yummy summer items like bruschetta and pasta salad :).

Pasta Salad with Avocado Cream Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 box bow tie pasta
3 ripe avocados
1 clove garlic
1 large basil leaf
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about one lemon)
2 ears of corn
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons chives, thinly chopped (plus extra for garnish)
instructions

Bring a pot of heavily salted water to a boil (it should taste like the ocean)
In a food processor, combine your avocados, garlic, basil, and lemon juice
Pulse until this has combined and then, with the food processor on, drizzle in water until the sauce has reached the consistency you desire (somewhere between 1/2 – 3/4 cups water)
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set the sauce aside
Brush your corn with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook over a grill pan (or actual grill) until the kernels are tender
Chop your cherry tomatoes into quarters
When your pasta is done cooking, drain it in a colander and run the pasta under cold water until it is completely cool
Place the pasta in a bowl and top with the avocado sauce (you might have a decent amount of sauce left over – it depends how saucy or dry you prefer your pasta salad)
Remove the corn kernels from the ears using a knife, and add the corn to the pasta salad along with the cherry tomatoes and chives
Season to taste with salt and pepper