Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pasta Salad My Way

Pasta Salad
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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When the weather starts warming up I start thinking about ways to cool down.  Pasta Salad is the perfect warm weather food for us.  And when the garden comes in full swing it's the perfect way to incorporate more fresh veggies into what we eat.  Pasta Salad with out "stuff" in it is just pasta with dressing, no fun at all.  I've loaded this one up with everything but the kitchen sink, and it was delicious!  There's everything from olives to hard boiled eggs in it.  Why hard boiled eggs ?  I love them in salads so ...why not pasta salad?  You can add or subtract any veggie you want in this recipe, make it yours and Enjoy!

Pasta Salad
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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. 

1 comment:

Tehmeena said...

lovely salad :) i just love it when made with pastas :)