Pasta, Salad, Side Dish

Mom’s Traditional Pasta Salad

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This is by far my favorite summer side dish! Growing up my Dad didn’t like it very much so my Mom would usually only make it when he went out of town. Now being married… my husband loves it so we have it a lot! It really is so easy and goes with almost anything! I also love that it makes A LOT so I usually bring this side dish to pot lucks!

12 oz Rotini Tri Colored Pasta
1 chopped red pepper
1 chopped green pepper
1 sliced cucumber
1 can of sliced black olives
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 small can of mushrooms
1 small package pepperoni (cut into quarters, or you can use the new mini pepperoni)
8 oz block of marbled cheddar, cut into cubes (any cheese will work)
1 red onion (diced)
16 ounces Italian Dressing (any brand works great)

Cook the pasta as it directs on the package. Pour cooked pasta into a large bowl. Then add red and green peppers, cucumber, sliced olives, tomatoes, mushrooms, pepperoni, cheese cubes, and onion.

Pour Italian dressing on salad (you can use fat-free or low-fat if you want). Mix well. Put salad in fridge for a couple of hours before serving. Stir again before serving. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top.
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  1. says

    This is one of my favorite salads to make. I usually make it sans mushrooms and onions and with fresh mozzarella! Kraft makes a Red Pepper Italian dressing that’s soo good with it!

  2. says

    This is one of my summer favorites! I recommend wishbone robusto Italian dressing! Or if you like a creamy pasta salad use 8oz of the Italian dressing and 8 oz of Ken’s Steak House Creamy Caesar.

  3. Breanna says

    I got TONS of compliments on this simple recipe!! Almost nothing to mess up ( which I almost always seem to do )-

  4. Mickel says

    I love pasta salad. I am always asked to bring mine to all get togethers. I use Wish Bone Robusto and a package (or two) of dry italian dressing mix.

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