Dinner for a friend

We have a friend who had knee surgery last week and wanted to help with dinner for her and her family. Temperatures here were up to 100 today so we wanted to deliver something cool and refreshing. I opted for my my friend Becky’s Goddess pasta salad. I assembled the platter and brought the dressing so they can pour over the top when ready. It makes enough that it is our dinner too!

Becky is a Goddess Pasta Salad

Makes 6-8 servings

  •  1 3/4 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined and roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper for 10 minutes at 400
  •  1 (1 lb.) pkg small shell pasta, cooked rinsed and drained
  • 2 tsp Champange or white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 small head Green Leaf lettuce separated into leaves
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1-2 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
  • Green Goddess Dressing

Toss together pasta, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Line a large platter  with lettuce leaves; spoon pasta in center and top with shrimp.   Arrange tomato and bell pepper around pasta.  Serve salad with Green  Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing

  •  1 1/3 Cups Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 T chapped fresh chives
  •  2 tsp Champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste ( I use much more than that)
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  •  2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.