One of the things I love about spring and summer is not having to turn on the oven….If it can go on the grill it goes!! And a favorite side in this house is pasta salad…and I am actually a little picky when it comes to how its made….And its actually one of the things I make the way my mother did…yes you are all reading that right…lol I have to say that her pasta salad was always the best….along with a pull apart herb bread that was amazing – and I do not have the recipe for that..hmmmm Anyway we hope you enjoy the weather and the salad!!!
1 envelope Good Seasons Italian dressing mix ( the add water, vinegar and oil) prepared…You can get a seasoning pack that includes the Cruet
1 box tri colored Rotini ( I have also used the whole grain mixed half and half – and it’s just as good)
1 80z block your preferred cheese – I always use Colby/jack – cubed
1 cucumber – peeled and cubed
1 large tomato or cherry/grape tomatoes
1 green pepper – Optional if you do not like
1 onion diced
broccoli cleaned and cut
cauliflower cleaned and cut
1 large carrot washed peeled and sliced thin
1 can sliced black olives
1/2 package pepperoni slices
* you can add or omit any veggies your family prefers*
- Boil a large pot with salted water with a tad of vegetable oil….add pasta and cook until tender….drain – and allow to cool slightly
- when your pasta is ready – find a large bowl add all your veggies and cheese, pepperoni, etc….
- add shaker ( Parmesan cheese) – a generous amount on top and stir in – if you cannot see the cheese add more – and finally add the Italian dressing – this is the I am picky part – I will not eat a pasta salad without this dressing on it !!!!!