Friendship Talk with Summer Avocado Pasta Salad
This Summer Avocado Pasta Salad is perfect for any picnic, lunch, dinner, or a Memorial Day or Fourth of July potluck dish.
Today I’m writing about friendships, something most of us do not take lightly. If you’re lucky enough to have a circle around you of close knit friends that you connect with deeply, possibly in the same season of life, then consider yourself blessed.
I’ve learned that friendships come and go … it’s happened to me, and I’m sure it’s happened to you. I call these seasonal friends. Some add a depth of meaning that you can’t even explain, but because of different situations, they are no longer in your circle. Or, some, you may realize, were not good for you. They did not make you a better person, they did not help you grow. Some, you may have chased the friendship …
Share your life with people you love.
Share your life with people you love. One thing my husband has taught me (since we all know that life is short), is that striving to make unhealthy relationships work takes energy and time, and can suck us dry. Having good boundaries can help us be better partners in life, more engaged parents, and even better friends to the people who love and need us. I’m so glad I’ve learned this lesson. I really want to be present and in the moment with my family.
We’re made for connection.
Our days are long, busy, full of things we want to do and things we do not want to do. They can be exhausting, tiring, and even lonely. I never want to wake up one day isolated, alone, and miserable. We were made to live a connected life, which is why I reach out to good, positive people in my life. I need them!
A friendship check.
Having people over for dinner is a great way to keep in touch with friends. Or why I send a text message to a friend I have not seen in a while, wanna have lunch? Or why I keep connected with my older, wiser friends. Or why we like to meet new, young people! Relationships do not just happen, they take effort. Even in the blogging world, I have to work at staying in touch with my close friends. It’s important to me, and I would like to think that they need me just as much as I need them.
I recently did a test with a couple of friends. I found myself being the one to always send the text, make the date on the calendar, plan the party. It’s okay to pull back (if it’s done out of love and re-evaluation). I call it a “friendship check.” When I think of the people who I say no to, and then the ones I seem to be chasing … it’s an eye opener for me.
A delicate dance.
I’m not sure I’ll do anything different. Friendships are not weighed by how much one person does over the other, or keeping track, and we can never weigh love, right? Life throws different needs at us, at different times of life, which sometimes may cause us to not respond well. This is where grace steps in.
The delicate dance of friendships is about learning to balance my family’s needs with those outside the home. Learning how much to “chase” and when to let go.
(If you’re reluctant to entertain, and struggle with relationships, here’s a category here on RE, Relationships, that may help you.)
Summer Avocado Pasta Salad.
In the meantime, I made a delicious pasta salad that I think is perfect for inviting a friend over for lunch. Of course, anything with bacon is a favorite of mine! But seriously, I did make this for my family and they loved it. I will admit, very few leftovers were left in the dish!
I’m loving fresh peas right now. I buy English peas at Trader Joe’s and they only take a few minutes to boil, drain, season, and enjoy! Mm-m-m … with warm butter. Oh, and DeLallo whole wheat organic pasta … :)
The dressing … with fresh lemon and dill. And white pepper! I love cooking with white pepper!
This is very easy to make, and I think ultimately it’s the perfect summer pasta salad!
Do you find yourself in relationships where you are always the giver, and what have you done to change this?
Summer Avocado Pasta Salad
- 8 slices bacon chopped into one inch pieces
- 16 oz. Orecchiette whole wheat pasta or small shells or bow tie – I use DeLallo
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 2 Tbsp. fresh dill
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 avocado pitted cut into chunks
- 10 oz. fresh English peas cooked and drained
- Cook the bacon until crisp; set aside on a paper towel. Crumble when cooled.
- Cook pasta according to package directions; strain and cool. (You may need to run water over the pasta to prevent sticking.)
- In a small bowl, add the mayonnaise, lemon, salt, garlic powder, pepper and 1 Tbsp. dill.
- In a large bowl, add the cooled pasta, tomatoes, and peas. Toss to combine.
- Add the dressing to the mixture; toss gently and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Add in avocados right before serving. Garnish with remaining fresh dill and serve!
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