August 06, 2012

This post originally appeared on the blog of Gay NYC Dad, a Hellmann’s/Bestfoods Real Foodies Ambassador.

“From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® mayonnaise is an essential ingredient at summer BBQs and family picnics everywhere. Now, Hellmann’s®is making summer fare even more delicious with a new recipe for Hellmann’s®mayonnaise dressing with Olive Oil that combines the creamy, rich taste families love from Hellmann’s® with the delicious goodness of olive oil.

Whether it’s a day at the beach or the perfect family picnic, Hellmann’s® mayonnaise dressing with Olive Oil is a great-tasting addition to favorite summer staples like potato salad and vegetable dips. Hellmann’s® has fine-tuned its olive oil mayonnaise recipe to include 50 percent more olive oil, while still delivering the taste of Hellmann’s® consumers know and love.”

I am a huge fan of olive oil, I have been known to spend as much on a good bottle of olive oil as some spend on wine. So naturally I was thrilled to get Hellmann’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise! It has just the strongest hint of that great olive oil flavor that I love.

So I present you with my recipe pick courtesy of my friends at Hellmann’s:

PASTA SALAD WITH VEGETABLES

8 servingsPrep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 25 minutes

3/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Mayonnaise Dressing with Olive Oil2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar1/2 tsp. ground black pepper6 cups assorted fresh vegetables (zucchini, red and yellow peppers and/or red onion), sliced1 box (16 oz.) fusilli pasta, cooked, drained and cooled1/3 cup sliced kalamata or pitted ripe olives1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped

1. Blend 1/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Mayonnaise Dressing with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, vinegar and ground black pepper in medium bowl. Stir in vegetables. Arrange vegetable mixture in grill pan or on foil on grill. Grill vegetables, stirring once, 20 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Cool.2. Combine vegetables with remaining ingredients in large bowl. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

TIP: Add cut up cooked chicken or flaked drained tuna for a simple main dish idea. Vegetables may also be roasted in the oven.

I love a cold pasta salad in the Summer. And if I have the right size portion, this is perfect for the diet I am on, I add carrots and chicken!

For more information check out Hellmann’s website, and be amazed at the limited edition Hellmann’s Spicy Buffalo Mayonnaise!

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Disclosure: This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in Hellmann’s Real Foodies Program.

And here’s a video from the Aspen Food Classic that I have written about previously, Chef Tim Love with some of my favorite chefs!

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