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In the Kitchen Side Dishes

Fun With Flamingos Summertime Dinner

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It is time for a fun summertime dinner and what says summer like a flock of flamingos?  There are so many fun flamingo decorations and dishes around this year, it seemed inevitable that I was going to choose these pink fellows for a fun dinner theme.  Summertime is grilling time for me and I am always looking for an easy side dish to go along with chicken or beef right off the grill.  So, let me show you a new recipe I came up with and a great beverage that compliments it so well!

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THE FUN:

Fun Flamingo Summer dinnerCheck out these fun ice tea glasses with little pink flamingos all over them!  Oh Home Goods, how you suck me in!  At 2.99 each, what the heck, I am going to have a summertime dinner all about flamingos!  Fun Flamingo StrawsAdd these fun flamingo straws to your glasses and you really have upped your party game!  I found these at Oriental Trading !  They have so many fun flamingo party goods!

Big Flamingo Inflatable sneaking up on the ice tea

If you are going to have a flamingo dinner, you have to include one of those giant inflatable pool floats!  This is a great way to add substantial themed decor at a minimal price, even if you don’t have a pool!  Look at her, trying to sneak up to the food and beverage table!

The Food:

Delicious Summertime dinnerWith the Florida heat bearing down on us here it’s best to keep things light and simple.  Grilling outside is always a good option which is what I did for this alfresco dinner.  What to sip on while grilling?  Some cold Gold Peak Tea!  DSC_0815Alongside my chicken I served up my brand new Tzatziki Pasta Salad recipe. This pasta salad takes things to a whole new level, the dill of the tzatziki gives it a great summery taste and keep things healthy by cutting the mayo!

Ingredients for Pasta Salad

Start by cooking your Barilla pasta according to the directions on the box. In my experience Barilla pasta brings al dente perfection to every pasta meal… from their bow-tie pasta I used here to their spaghetti pasta.  As the pasta is cooking cut up some cherry tomatoes and blanch your asparagus.

Add Tzatziki to the pasta

Once the pasta has cooled it’s time to get mixin’. Tzatziki goes a long way! Make sure you mix just a little at a time into the pasta until you have the amount you prefer!
Barilla Farfalle Pasta Salad

Once the tzatziki is mixed in add the remaining ingredients!  It really is as simple as that… and as with most pasta salads it’s ok if there are leftovers because it tastes just as good, if not better, the next day.

I love serving up a pasta dish with fresh veggies!  For more delicious summer recipes, click here!

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Barilla Farfalle Summertime Salad
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Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 6 Servings
 
Easy to make summertime pasta salad
Ingredients
  • 12 Ounces Barilla Farfalle (pre-cooked weight)
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Bunches of Fresh Asparagus
  • 2 Cups of Cherry Tomatoes
  • ½ Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 8 ounces of Tzatziki
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the Barilla pasta in boiling water about 11 minutes until al dente.
  2. Drain the pasta, rinse with cold water and then toss with the olive oil.
  3. Refrigerate the pasta while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Cut the tips off of your asparagus (reserve the rest for a casserole or soup)
  5. Steam the asparagus until tender. Immediately remove it from the stovetop, drain, rinse in cold water and plunge the asparagus tips in a bowl of ice water.
  6. Cut your Cherry tomatoes in halves.
  7. Drain the asparagus from the ice water and mix all of the remaining ingredients together.
  8. Serve this with your favorite summertime grilled meat and some Gold Peak Tea for a delicious summer dinner.

Barilla Farfalle Summertime Salad

The Beverages:

Serve up 2 varieties of ice tea!

What to put in those fun glasses?  Ice cold Gold Peak Tea!  I offered up the Lemonade Tea and Peach Tea.  These Gold Peak Teas taste great and they take the guesswork out of creating flavored teas, because they do it for you!Double beverage dispenser

I garnished one decanter with sliced lemons and one with peaches for my respective teas, this way my guests knew which was which. Grab a glass, pour and start sipping on your flamingo straw!  If your family likes other flavors, Gold Peak has an entire lineup of delicious flavors, try their Sweet Tea, perfect for us Southerners!

 

Stay cool this summer with #goldpeaktea #ad #SummerTastes

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Gold Peak and Barilla Pasta CollageGold Peak Tea is easy to find at Walmart on the beverage aisle and the Barilla pasta varieties are all right on the pasta aisle.  Ibotta offer for Barilla – Buy 3 products and earn $1. Valid on all Barilla Blue Box Products and Barilla Pesto Sauce http://cbi.as/4eufv .

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Walmart has such great prices, use this coupon for $1 off when you buy any two (2) 64 fl oz bottles of Gold Peak Tea on Coupons.com .  I shopped for all of my ingredients right at my local Walmart for this fun summertime dinner.

I will be sharing this at the following link parties:  Over the Moon  | Show and Share | Amaze Me Monday | The Scoop | Create Link Inspire | Tips and Tricks

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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube

23 Comments

  1. Everything looks wonderful! Would love to sit down at that fun flamingo table and enjoy the delicious looking food! While I wait for it to be served, I’ll help myself to the refreshing-looking ice tea from the gorgeous dispensers. Your pics just scream “summer” and we could use some of that around here with all our rain lately 🙁

  2. What a festive and fund table setting and menu! In the heat, grilling out or cold dishes are the only options…

  3. So adorable Chloe! I am dying to get a flamingo or other crazy float for our pool this summer. Your flamingo spread is over the top fun in the summertime, and your menu is just perfect!! Pasta salad with tzatziki sauce sounds amazing, lucky guests!

  4. Congratulations on this shop! The flamingo theme is so much fun and you did a great job with it. You added texture and depth to the table without it feeling heavy, brilliant! My husband loves iced-tea and we’ll have to try this brand along with your meal.

  5. I love the flamingo theme! There’s nothing better than a cold glass of iced tea in the summer. I enjoy the Gold Peak brand. I don’t think I’ve seen the peach or lemonade varieties. I’ll have to look for them.

  6. I love flamingos and the table looks so bright and festive. Thanks for sharing this and the recipe with us at #Overthe Moon link up.

  7. Chloe, you have outdone yourself! Love your Flamingo theme. Very bright and colorful makes for a nice summer table setting. Love your creativity too! I shall be making the pasta too. Thanks as always for sharing your inspiration at DI&DI.

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