Monday, August 2, 2010

Wonderful Pasta Salad

This is very simple and so much better than any pasta salad you can buy. You can use any veggies you have. But these are our favorites to use :)

1 bag mini pepperoni or larger one cut up
1 green bell pepper
1 cucumber, seeded and peeled, then diced up
1 can black olives,drained
1 small (or half of a large one) red onion diced up (or even green onions)
2 tomatoes diced
Green olives, as much as you like
Cheese of choice, optional
Pasta of choice, EX: Spiral, bow tie, elbow
1 bottle light Italian dressing

Boil Pasta according to directions on box. Drain and rinse w/cold water. In the meantime, cut all veggies and add to a large bowl. Pour in the pasta and the other ingredients and mix well. Pour the bottle of dressing in bowl and mix together til pasta and veggies are coated w/the dressing. Serve cold.

*depending on the pasta you use, you may need more dressing. Some pastas seem to soak up the dressing more than others. My favorite pasta to use is the bow tie pasta. Spiral pasta,(shown in pic) used a little more than a bottle of dressing.

This is so good on a hot day :)

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