I have a list of side dishes that can be served at room temperature, that are easy to prepare, and that crowds usually love. Every time we go to a pot-luck I try to rotate between some of these tried and true favorites. For tomorrow I decided upon Asian Coleslaw and Pesto Pasta Salad. Both recipes are super easy, and super delicious!
Pesto Pasta Salad
For a different twist cheese tortellini could be used instead of the penne here, and the mozzarella could then be eliminated. Sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, or artichoke hearts would also be a great addition to this salad. This really is delicious warm or cold, but for a pot-luck it's usually easier to make ahead of time and then served chilled.
-1 box whole wheat penne pasta, cooked to al dente
-1 cup pesto sauce (store bought or make your own)
-1 cup pine nuts, toasted (not in the picture because I won't be adding them until tomorrow night)
-1 package grape tomatoes, sliced in half
-1 package boccocini, or 1 cup cubed soft mozzarella (use the good stuff here, it makes a difference)
Combine all ingredients and chill until serving.
What are your favorite "go to" pot-luck dishes?