Connect Menu

follow

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Simple Creamy Pasta Salad

I love pasta salad and it is such a great side dish for cookouts and to take anywhere since you can make it ahead of time and it even keeps for a couple of days just fine. It's also one of those dishes most everyone likes.

I did some searching for a new pasta salad while I was planning for our Cinco de Mayo get together. The easiest kind is just using zesty italian dressing over everything but I wanted something creamier without using mayonnaise so I came up with this.



Simple Creamy Pasta Salad


Ingredients:
16 oz box of garden rotini (or other pasta)
1 medium cucumber
1 bell pepper - I used a sweet orange pepper but red would work great too
Creamy Italian dressing
Zesty Italian dressing
1/2 cup or more Kraft grated parmesan cheese
pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to the directions and rinse with cool water. While pasta is cooling, chop your cucumber and pepper into pieces about half the the size of a piece of pasta or smaller. Add pasta and veggies to mixing bowl. Add parmesan cheese and both dressings - 2 parts creamy italian to 1 part zesty italian until pasta is coated and to your liking. Then include ground pepper to taste. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Check to make sure pasta is still moist - you may need to add a little more dressing before serving.

The great thing about this is you can easily adjust the vegetables - diced tomato, red onion, black olives, celery.... the options are endless!! Or add in cubed turkey or some grilled chicken to make it more filling.


I definitely would have used tomato but we had it in a bunch of other dishes at the cookout so I decided against it. This makes plenty... I think we had 14 people and there was more than enough served with other items.


Hope you enjoy!


Linking up at these fun parties

1 comment :

  1. Hi there,

    We've recently launched the site RecipesUS.com where users can search through hundreds of thousands of recipes from American food sites and food blogs.

    We noticed that you have a great number of tasty recipes on your blog (url) and we would like to suggest you have a look at our Top Food Blogs section here: http://www.recipesus.com/top-food-blogs

    If you want to add your food blog to the list and have your recipes indexed on RecipesUS.com, all you have to do is follow the instructions here: http://www.recipesus.com/add-your-food-blog

    Our concept is already live in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Spain, and we deliver thousands of visitors to food blogs daily. Some of the top food blogs receive 20,000+ visitors from us on a weekly basis.

    Hopefully your food blog will be up there in the top!

    Warm regards,
    Senka
    RecipesUS.com, Hittarecept.se, Findeopskrifter.dk, Alleoppskrifter.no, Todareceta.es

    ReplyDelete

I love your comments and will answer all questions. Note I do approve all comments so it may take up to a few hours before your comment will appear. Thanks for understanding!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...