With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Classic Italian Pasta Salad

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Classic Italian Pasta Salad

Nothing new about a Classic Pasta Salad.  Its appeal comes from its ease of preparation using ingredients according to seasonal availability, and/or the preference of the preparer and also that it is a great summer side or main dish. Look at those beautiful colors!
If you are in the mood, toss in chunks of ham or pepperoni.  Add olives or cubed cheddar cheese. Use your favorite bottled Italian dressing or follow the recipe below.

Classic Italian Pasta Salad
slightly adjusted from Wish-Bone
Yields: 10 cups

8 ounces Rotini pasta or favorite pasta shape
2 1/2 cups assorted cut-up fresh vegetables, (bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, blanches snow peas)
1/2 cup cubed cheese (cheddar or favorite.  I used Asiago) 
1/3 cup sliced pitted ripe olives, (optional, I omit)
1 cup Italian Dressing


Combine all ingredients except Italian Dressing in large bowl. Add Dressing; toss well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

NOTE: If preparing a day ahead, refrigerate, then stir in 1/4 cup additional dressing before serving.

Salad Dressing 
recipe source

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons Miracle Whip
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

Combine all the dressing ingredients and 1 to 2 tablespoons water in a blender or food processor; puree until smooth.


Betsy Brock said...

Yum! This looks delicious! I haven't made pasta salad in ages....I should do something about that! Thanks for the inspiration.

annie said...

This sounds wonderful, hoping to try it this week.

Debby Ray said...

Oh this looks so good, Lorraine. I do like the bigger chunks of veggies and it makes it so pretty to look at too! I hope you had a lovely July 4th weekend!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Oh, how I wish my husband liked pasta salad because it would make things so much easier. I just happen to love it -- all kinds -- and this certainly looks like a recipe to be added to my repertoire. Yum!

Ann Thompson said...

This looks so good and I love salads like this that you can customize to suit your own taste

My Recent Favorite Books said...

This looks so good! I love pasta salad! =)

Red Couch Recipes said...

Perfect for the summer I am going to try the homemade dressing. That is my kick lately to have homemade dressing in the fridge. Tastes so much better than that in the bottle.


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