Yankee Doodle Noodle Salad. A fanciful salad made with plain ingredients that will tickle taste buds.
I’m excited to be hosting this week’s Easy to Make Patriotic 4th of July Dishes for Sunday Supper!
I expect to see quite a bit of Red, White and Blue on the menu today! Thank you Shelby from Grumpy’s Honeybunch for helping make this event possible!
Being patriotic means many things to many people. How we express it is totally up to us. Some people wave or display flags. Others go to service memorials. Some people just want to surround themselves with family and friends and pay homage to those who made it possible by enjoying the day.
How you spend July 4th is up to you.
Today we are focusing on the food!
According to Wikipedia, “Yankee Doodle” is a well-known Anglo-American song, the early versions of which date back to the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution (1775–83). It is often sung patriotically in the United States today and is the state anthem of Connecticut. Its Roud Folk Song Index number is 4501.
The term Yankee Doodle was a British put-down referring to Colonists as lesser in wit as well as wealth.
“Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.”
The macaroni the song refers to are fanciful Italian-style dress clothes that were popular in Britain at the time.
Imagine a young man of meager means trying to emulate a wealthy landowner.
He sees a pigeon feather on the street. Maybe it fell from a Passenger Pigeon, a prolific bird at that point in time.
He bends to scoop it up. The young man twirls the feather between his fingers. It was rather plain for plumage but attractive just the same.
The young man picks his hat with the feather. His mood changes.
He imagines himself at a cotillion filled with music, food and young women. He dances hand in hand with a bejeweled beauty. Lightly clasped, finger to finger. They float around the dance floor. Even if it is only in his mind.
A Barrister ride by and can’t believe eyes. He calls out, “Why are you dancing, boy?” “Are these Yanks mad?””Look at Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
We may not have been grand but we were certainly full of spirit. That resilience to keep it up, strive for freedom and never quit is why we are celebrate Independence Day today.
So in honor of that patriotic tune I give you, Yankee Doodle Noodle Salad. Italian penne tossed in a sweet and tangy horseradish dill vinaigrette with cucumbers, radishes, onions, red bell peppers and horseradish cheddar.
- 2 cups penne pasta
- 1 cup chopped English cucumber
- 1/2 radish slices
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 1 cup diced horseradish cheddar (I used Cabot Horseradish Cheddar Cheese)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon horseradish
- 1 teaspoon dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Cool.
- Mix together pasta and vegetables. Set aside
- Whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over pasta mixture and stir to coat.
- Add cheese, toss and chill until ready to serve.
Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July everyone!
Enjoy these amazing Fourth of July Menu ideas from the Sunday Supper Tastemakers!
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America the Beautiful Beverages
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- Red, White, and Blue Berrylicious Smoothie Bowl by The Hungry Goddess
For the Red, White and Blue Salads and Main Dishes
- Bang Bang Pork Chops by Wholistic Woman
- Blueberry and Watermelon Arugula Salad by A Mind Full Mom
- Blueberry Barbecue Sauce for Red, White and Blue Chicken Skewers by Caroline’s Cooking
- Firecracker Hot Dogs by Sunday Supper Movement
- Founder’s Mac and Cheese by Cooking Chat
- Pumped Up Potato Salad by Food Lust People Love
- Red Hot Chicken and Blue Cheese Bites by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Red White & Blue Caprese Salad by Go Epicurista
- Red White and Blue Fruit Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Red, White, and Blue Salad by Simple and Savory
- Watermelon Salad with Feta & Blueberries by Monica’s Table
- Yankee Doodle Noodle Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Oh Say Can You See Desserts
- All-American Patriotic Dessert Tarts by Family Around The Table
- Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cherry Vanilla Poke Cake by Cookin’ Mimi
- Easy (No Bake!) Two Bite Berry Pies by Cooking With Carlee
- Firecracker Muddy Buddies by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Flag Fruit Pizza by Dash of Evans
- Homemade Snow Cones by Palatable Pastime
- Patriotic M&M Cookie Bars by Alida’s Kitchen
- Patriotic Smoothie Pops by Crazed Mom
- Red, White, and Blue Berry Pound Cake Bites by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Red, White and Blue Fruit Kabob Flag by La Bella Vita Cucina
- Red, White, and Blue Fruit Tart by Life Tastes Good
- Red, White and Blue Granita by Dessert Geek
- Red, White, and Blue M&M Cookies by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Red White and Blue Parfaits by Desserts Required
- Red, White and Blue Popsicles by Our Good Life
- Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispie Treats by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars by The Freshman Cook
- Red White and Blue Strawberries with Chantilly Cream by Pine Needles In My Salad
- Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Cake by Pies and Plots
- Rosemary Cookies with Tomato Jam by The Finer Cookie
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