Tasty Tuesday- Pasta Salad

Noodle (Pasta) Salad

I wanted to share my absolute FAVORITE summertime recipe for today’s Tasty Tuesday.
I am SOOO addicted to this and have always been. For some reason, I feel like I can only make it in the summer so it is like a special treat when summer rolls around.
And the best part- it is super easy and rather cheap! I am sure many of you have a recipe just like this but here is my version. It is great for parties, picnics, or just because, which is when I normally make it.

How To:

-Rotini Noodles
-Italian Dressing (I use the Zesty Italian but regular Italian works too.)
-Veggies of your choice (I use carrots, cucumbers, red onion, and cauliflower. I normally do some sort of cheese- just forgot to put it in the picture. And this time I sliced up Salami as well.)

To Begin:
-Cook whole box of noodles as directed on the box.
-While the noodles are cooking, begin cutting all of your veggies.
-Once noodles are done, drain and rinse in cold water.

– Finish cutting all the veggies into bite size pieces and dump into large bowl.

-Make sure all the water is drained from the noodles and dump into bowl with the veggies.

-Pour the Italian dressing onto noodles and veggies. I use about a half a bottle because the noodles really suck up the dressing.

-I like mine cold so I put it in the fridge for a bit but it is ready to eat right away.
-If needed, add more dressing when serving since the noodles absorb it.


I LOVE this stuff and could literally eat it all in one sitting by myself. haha I don’t but SO could!
But I CAN finish it within a few days. I eat it all the time- lunch, snack, with dinner depending on what we are having- it NEVER lasts long in my house.
Man, I have some in my fridge now and I think I have to go eat some now. 🙂

Hope you like it as much as I do!


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  • Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner]
    July 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Yum! I love pasta salad. . . definitely a favorite! Your recipe is a little different from mine. I'll have to try it. :]

  • Val
    July 13, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    One of my most favorite recipes is my pasta salad and yours looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing. YUM

  • The Harris Family
    July 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Thats one of my favorites! Yours looks so good.

  • mississippi artist
    July 14, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Summertime does mean pasta salad and I love it. I will have to try your recipe.

  • Nicole@Whimsy-Lane
    July 14, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Yum! I love pasta salad with Italian Dressing!

  • Em
    July 14, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Mmm, I love pasta salad (especially cold!), and yours looks amazing! 🙂

  • Amanda@The Hand Me Down House
    July 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    OH YUM! That looks SO good! I would probably eat that whole thing for lunch if I made it. 🙂