Introduction: Clean Out Relish and Easy Pasta Salad

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I was getting ready to make a pasta salad today and realized I was out of relish !! OH NO! Fortunately like many refrigerators mine was overloaded with almost empty jars of pickles and olives so I thought, hmmm why not a muffalatta type relish ( a muffalatta is a New Orleans type of sandwich)

Step 1: The Fixings

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this ia NOT a recipe ! The ingredients you use will be the ones your family enjoys, I have some sweet gerkin pickles, some dill pickle chips, different olives and pimentos

Step 2: The Machine

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This is my latest favorite kitchen gadget, sorry I don't know its name, I got it at the thrift store for $2.95us, it has interchangable pieces to make it an immersion blender, a power whisk and a medium sized food processor

Step 3: The Easy Part

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You can see where this is going I hope, place all your left over pickles in the processor and chop it as fine or course as you prefer. I recycled an olive jar for storage after washing it well, microwaving it and rinsing with a little vodka (which I also recycled)

Step 4: The Pasta Salad

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I rely a lot on ready available dressings for salads, in this case a combination of mayonnaise, ranch salad dressing, horse radish sauce and a creamy jalapeno sauce, the relish from above and a box of big pasta noodles

Step 5: Build the Salad

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TV shows always say to season the pasta water, then they just add salt ! I like to use salt and both garlic and onion powder. Bring a large pot of water to a hard boil add in your seasoning and the pasta, let it cook until its done to how YOU like it, in my case thats a little past al' dente' but not really soft.

While the noodles are cooking mix up your dressing. I don't measure, I go by looks and taste so all measurements are approximate, a good size cooking spoon of relish, 1/2cup of mayo, 1/2 cup of ranch dressing, 3 tablespns of both horseradish sauce and jalapeno creamy sauce, salt and pepper to taste

drain and cool your pasta under cold running water (If your running short on time) or put it in the freezer for a couple minutes. Mix the pasta into the dressing and chill before serving

(update 10/14/11) I'm glad I did this "ible" since it means I have the "recipe" . My picky son-N-law asked me yesterday to make some more of that AWESOME pasta salad and today it got FEATURED !


sunshiine (author)2011-11-11

I see what you mean about cooking! Nice ible! Thanks for sharing! Sunshiine

l8nite (author)sunshiine2011-11-11

thank you for commenting

porcupinemamma (author)2011-10-06

I noticed typos and missed words from this morning. Sleep apnea makes me groggy

Should have read:

You are one clever man!
and oh! what a plan!

I'll tell my friend Ann
and Ann will tell Dan!

Oh man! Oh man!
Oh man! Oh man!

The news will spread near
The news will spread far
and you my dear, will become a star!

All of us
will be outside

And you will see grins
that are happy and wide!

sunshiine (author)porcupinemamma2011-11-11

How cute! I love the poem! Thanks for sharing. Sunshiine

scoochmaroo (author)2011-10-14

Love me some muffalata!

l8nite (author)scoochmaroo2011-10-14

I think of a muffalata as the regional style of hoagie/sub sandwich but the olive "salad" is the killer addition. I make that basically the same way as the relish but use a rougher/chunkier knife chop. black and green olives, onions, jalapenos, sweet gerkins, garlic and olive oil are my favorite blend. Use it on a homemade sandwich or a "sub" from one of the megachains, on burgers, steaks or fish, plain from the bowl with tortilla chips or mix with creamcheese and sour cream for a dip... hmmmm maybe I should do another "ible"

porcupinemamma (author)2011-10-06

Hey! I wasn't putting down your Instructable at all! I think your idea is brilliant-no kidding! I've always had bits and bobs of relish and mayo and beets etc. in the back of my fridge and now, thanks to you, I know what to do with them.

I leave Bat man quotes, and Klingon messages, haikus etcetera. on our boards. People are so creative here, I figue they "get me" I really enjoy this site, and appreciate the "be nice" policy. Take a peek, you will see I am one of your loyal subscribers. 0) I would NEVER purposely write hurtful comments or ever intend to shame someone. I work with kids, and they are used to having fun with me. I teach them fun poems, the greek alphabet with actions, silly songs and hope that they learn to know they are valuable and loved!
Your Instructable was really cool!

Most Sincerly,

l8nite (author)porcupinemamma2011-10-06

I didn't take offense, I found it humorous and appreciate that u took the time to rhyme your comment !

porcupinemamma (author)2011-10-06

I never even thought to do this. I relish your idea!

You are one clever man!
and oh! what a plan!

I'll tell my friend Fran,
and she will tell Ann.
Ann will tell Dan!
Oh man! Oh man!

The new will spread near
The news will spread far wide!
We'll all be outside
with grins that are wide!

l8nite (author)porcupinemamma2011-10-06

aaahh, satire and rhyme, like peanutbutter and chocolate, 2 great things that go great together ! It's not rocket science but its not an "ible" about walking up stairs or taking a breath either...

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