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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tara Tyler's Party Blogfest

It's Tara Tyler Talks anniversary, and to celebrate she's having a party styled blog fest. We each have to bring a dish, and it's recipe.

Now I'm a girl who does not cook. I can dial take-out like nobody else, but I loathe cooking. That said, I actually CAN cook, and quite well at that. When it comes to potlucks, parties and cook-outs, my dishes have been known to be licked clean. My pulled pork (which I actually use beef for), my score bars and my southwest pasta salad are always big hits. So for Tara's party I'm gonna serve up the salad. I wish I had a picture to share... but alas, the recipe will have to do.

Southwest BBQ Pasta Salad

1/2 cup Rancher's dressing
3 tbsp Bullseye BBQ sauce
4 cups pasta (the recipe originally called for macaroni, but I prefer to use the small short tubed pasta, like Ditalini.)
1 can black beans rinsed
2 tomatoes chopped (optional, but if you use it, add tomatoes just prior to serving)
1 orange, red or yellow pepper (I always use red)finely chopped
4 green onions finely chopped, or shallots, or onions
*can add grilled chicken or chapped ham, but I do not.

Mix dressing and bbq sauce in large bowl
Add remaining ingredients and mix lightly
Refrigerate for a few hours (if you leave it over night, the tastes mingle better and become more potent.)
Toss again before serving


Happy Anniversary Tara Tyler Talks - I just HAVE to mention, Tara's blog is one of my favorites to visit regularly.


  1. What a great twist on pasta salad! Sounds delicious!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. that sounds tasty! i've never heard of it. i will have to try it!
    and i too detst cooking, but more because i have picky, whiny eaters. i'm severely underdemeciated (guess the movie that word is from)

  3. Ooh, the barbecue in the salad. Love it!

  4. BBQ pasta salad? That's new to me. Wonder how hot I could make it?

  5. Tara's party sure is shaping up nicely. Your salad is very interesting. I love any pasta salad, beans and BBQ sauce, could be really yummy, what is Rancher's dressing?

  6. I have never heard of bbq pasta salad! will have to try it!! :)

  7. Sounds great! BBQ pasta and salad - a unique twist on a couple of favorite staples. Will have to try it! And ditto on Tara - she's fab. :)

  8. BBQ pasta salad ? Okay , this is a new one for me , let me wrap my brain around it ... *brain-wrap-around-moment*
    Sounds interesting though ! Since I love pasta & am also a veggie girl , I'll have to try this . Thanks for sharing .