Greek yogurt adds creaminess to the dressing in this fun spin on a party favorite.
This month’s Supper Club theme was Food on a Stick. It was a challenging theme for some, but it was so much fun to see what everyone came up with.
I had seen the idea of pasta salad on a stick floating around on the internet before (like on this post on Babble), and thought I’d make something similar, but jazz it up with a super tasty homemade salad dressing.
One of my favorite local restaurants makes a killer creamy balsamic vinaigrette, and since I already know how well balsamic goes with pasta salad I figured I’d try my hand at making one of my own.
To make the vinaigrette nice and creamy, I used one of my kitchen arsenal staples: Stonyfield Organic Nonfat Greek Yogurt. It added a nice viscosity to the dressing, as well as a bit of extra tanginess. Plus, it’s always nice to add richness without any additional fat.
When it came to serving this salad, I used this gorgeous platter from Wayfair. Have you ever shopped there? My head was practically spinning when I was looking through their selection of dishes to pick something for this salad post. There are just so.many.options.
I was trying to be practical with my choices – picking things that would be useful for a variety of dishes, not just salad. The platter came as part of a set that also came with a serving bowl with the same handles – perfect for party food like these pasta salad skewers!
I used a wet erase marker to write directly on the platter, and it worked beautifully! I love this idea for serving snacky foods.
I also grabbed a set of pasta bowls, since I don’t have any wide bowls like this in my tiny kitchen yet. It worked perfectly for some of the leftover skewer components that I threw together the next day for lunch with a drizzle of the vinaigrette over top.
The dishes are all versatile, welcome additions to my kitchen. I love that you can sort by material, pattern, shape, etc. on the Wayfair site. I thought it best for my purposes to find dishes that were both dishwasher and microwave safe, and it was simple to search for dishes that met that specific criteria.
This pasta salad was great both on and off the stick. The recipe makes a LOT of skewers, so feel free to use a smaller package of tortellini if you want to scale it down a bit. I liked having the extra pasta and toppings leftover to make lunch the next day.
Make sure to toss the pasta in plenty of olive oil once it’s drained so that it doesn’t stick together until it cools enough for you to assemble the skewers. Nobody wants a gummy mess of pasta!