Saturday, June 18, 2011

Italian Pasta Salad


If you asked me, pasta salad has absolutely nothing to do with mayonnaise. It has everything to do with Italian dressing and fresh, colorful vegetables. This version of pasta salad is inspired by my Italian family reunions. Feel free to through in chunks of your favorite cheese, extra vegetables, or pepperoni. Yum!

We had this for a quick and easy dinner on a hot, humid evening. The perfect alternative to a big plate of spaghetti. 

Italian Pasta Salad
serves 4-6

2 cups dry rotini pasta, cooked
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 cup chopped roma tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh zucchini
1/4-1/2 cup fresh chopped onion
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
4 slices deli salami, cut into squares
1/4-1/2 cup low fat Italian dressing

Cool cooked pasta completely OR rinse with cold water to cool. 
In a large bowl combine cooked pasta with fresh vegetables and garlic. Toss. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour in Italian dressing and stir thoroughly. Refrigerate or Serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. I just asked my mom yesterday how to make pasta salad.... and she told me Mayonaise and I was totally thinking Italian dressings.. but Nick doesn't like that.