cajun turkey pasta salad

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no longer just a side dish, this cajun turkey pasta salad is delicious and filling enough to be the main event

cajun turkey pasta salad

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4 days.

At this time next week we will be on summer break, and my baby will be a freshman in high school. Stella and her friends have been planning their outfits for the promotion ceremony for weeks. It’s fun to see them so excited about high school, but at the same time it makes me a little sad. This is it, the beginning of the end. She’s already talking about her college plans and it’s no surprise to me that these plans include her living elsewhere; Stella has always been so independent.

cajun turkey pasta salad

Of course, Charlie will probably live with us forever 🙂

The promotion ceremony will be a bit emotional for me I’m sure, but I could not be more excited about summer break. I am TIRED. Tired of getting up early; I am NO morning person. Tired of homework and school projects; yes, even though they are not babies anymore I help my kids with their work.  Tired of carpooling to two different schools every day; buses for my kids would mean getting up even earlier so NO thank you. Basically I am just tired and look forward to a much more relaxed schedule.

cajun turkey pasta salad

I may change my mind after having them at home for a few weeks, but at least for now I am looking forward to it.

I’m also looking forward to summer meals outside, and this cajun pasta salad is sure to make an appearance more than once. Loaded with fresh veggies and jennie-o cajun style turkey breast,  pasta salad is no longer just a side dish, and when the temperatures heat up makes the perfect light dinner.

No one wants to be stuck in the kitchen with it is scorching outside, and this weekend we are already going to be in the upper nineties. This pasta salad is so easy. Dice up bell peppers, red onion, and celery, the cajun food “holy trinity”, then toss with cooked pasta. I love to add tomatoes because we have an abundance in the garden this year, and then top with diced turkey and a homemade cajun vinaigrette. The jennie-o turkey is already cooked and pre-seasoned making summer salads and sandwiches a breeze.

cajun turkey pasta salad

cajun turkey pasta salad

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces pasta (cooked according to package instructions)
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (I used one red and one orange)
  • 1/2  red onion, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb jennie-o cajun turkey breast, diced
  • for the cajun vinaigrette
  • 1/3 cup oil ( I always use olive oil)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp cajun seasoning (I use 2 Tbsp, but we like it spicy)
  • salt and pepper to taste
       

Directions:

  • fully drain and rinse the pasta
  • top with diced vegetables, tomatoes, and turkey
  • whisk together the oil, lime juice and spice - add salt and pepper
  • top pasta with dressing, and toss to evenly coat
  • cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to overnight
   

cajun turkey pasta salad

I love making pasta salads in the summer because I can toss them together in the morning making dinner time even easier. If you can’t make it early in the day, let is sit for at least 2 hours to get the most of those spicy cajun flavors. I think it is even better the next day.

Perfect for lunch or light dinner, this cajun turkey pasta salad is going to be a regular on our summer menu.

enjoy!

cajun turkey pasta salad