Summertime Salad

august flowerAugust is here and warming up in the Pacific Northwest.   Because our summer’s are so short and mild, most of us don’t have air-conditioning. This year has been a warm one, and there is nothing worse than heating up the kitchen and making something warm instead of a cool salad.

IMG_9354 This month, Costco has their tuna on sale with an automatic coupon. They come in packages of 12, I picked up two of them. The expiration date is 2017, so this makes a great thing to stock up on for your prepared pantry! A few weeks ago, all the Barilla products were on sale, so I bought ten packages of pasta and put up.  One of our favorite recipes and part of my list of menu’s for preparedness is tuna pasta salad.  Many of you have made this,but give this recipe a try. It is my mother’s recipe, and it is wonderful!  Most of it can be in your preparedness pantry, ready for any kind of disaster as long as you have a way to cook the pasta and you have mayonnaise. IMG_9358  Here is the recipe:

Tuna Shell Salad

1 cup of small macaroni shells

1 can of tuna drained

1/2 cup of sliced celery

1 small green pepper

1 small can of black olives

1/2 small onion chopped fine

2 Tablespoons of wine vinegar

1/2 tsp leaf oregano

salt and pepper to taste

Cook your pasta, and then add the other ingredients. One of my favorite things to have on hand for any emergency is Thrive freeze-dried celery.  Because it is freeze-dried it will last in your pantry for 20 years or opened for one year. This is already chopped for you,  and one can opened and used often, will last you for a year. I put this in soups, in salad, spaghetti sauce. Celery makes everything taste so much better, and to have some on hand along with freeze-dried onions is a must for a prepared pantry. (You can order this direct my website and it will shipped to your door!)

freeze dried food  It feels good to have some extra cans of tuna put away and some freeze-dried vegetables  to have dinner ready at a moments notice or in case of a disaster.

Do you have a summer salad that would make a good preparedness meal? Share it with us in the comments below!