Pasta Salad My Way means there's lots of "stuff" added to make this more a meal than a side dish for the warmer summer months to come.
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Pasta Salad My Way
Bunny's Warm Oven
2 cups Rotini Pasta cooked according to package directions , drained and cooled
1/2 cup diced celery
1 small carrot, shaved with a vegetable peeler into strips , then cut with a knife into smaller pieces
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/3 cup diced onion
1/3 cup salad olives, roughly chopped
1/3 cup black pitted olives, roughly chopped
3/4 cup extra sharp cheese, cut into small cubes
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 small tomatoes, diced
1 Tbls minced garlic ( I use jarred minced garlic)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup Italian dressing, divided
Combine all salad ingredients. Pour 1/2 cup Italian dressing over the pasta salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate pasta salad until ready to serve. The pasta will drink in some of the dressing, about 10 minutes before serving pour the rest of the dressing ( 1/2 cup) over the pasta salad and gently toss and serve.