I can always count on Dawn to have some amazing food ideas and recipes. Last night I asked my Facebook friends for different picnic side dishes than the norm. Grumpy and I are heading to the Saratoga Race Track today to attend an event sponsored by his workplace and we are to bring a dish to share. Of course, Grumpy wants me to impress and he suggested I take something different from the normal macaroni or pasta salad. Here came Dawn to the rescue along with several other awesome ideas from other FB friends. I flew with Dawn's because I love buffalo flavor and I have an addiction to Franks Red Hot sauce. Just the smell of it makes me swoon! I also wanted to spin off of Dawn's recipe and make a pasta salad!
I made the salad first thing this morning along with a Chocolate Sheet Cake. I had to be safe and have something else ready that was tried and true just in case I messed up the salad! I can honestly say that Grumpy's co-workers are going to get two awesome treats today. If you need a different pasta salad to take to a reunion, picnic, or just to eat at home alone, then definitely give this a try. Especially if your a wing fan. Its not too spicy, has just a bit of a kick, and is different enough to impress!
If you haven't seen Dawn's blog, Vanilla Sugar Blog, then you should definitely take a trip over there and check it out. She always has amazing food, photos, and recipes. I also have to say she has recipes that are out of the ordinary that will blow you away and make you think "why didn't I think of that?". You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
I am also submitting this dish to Presto Pasta Nights. I used to participate quite regularly in this event but with our move and everything I got out of not only that event, but pretty much everything I did do. I'm getting back into the swing of things again and since I love this event and I love this salad I have to share! Head on over to Ruth's blog on Friday to see the round up of pasta dishes!
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
adapted from Vanilla Sugar Blog's Buffalo Chicken Salad
8 oz dried rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions
2 stalks celery, diced
1 green onion, thinly sliced, including green top
1/3 cup roasted red pepper
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup Hellmann's Mayonnaise
2-3 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Sauce (use according to taste)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon roasted red pepper brine (the juice the peppers are in)
2 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Mix pasta, celery, onion, roasted red pepper and chicken in large mixing bowl. Set aside.
Mix together Mayonnaise, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper brine and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. I went with 2 tablespoons of the hot sauce as I would be feeding others and I didn't want to hurt anyone. Turned out perfect.
Toss mayo mixture with pasta mixture and chill. Enjoy!