Monday, May 3, 2010

Yum, Italian Inspired Pasta Salad

I don't know if this can be considered a craving from the baby or if I just had a hankering.  Sometime last week, I started creating a new pasta salad in my mind.  The beautiful thing is that I had almost all the ingredients already at home in my stocked up pantry and fridge; all that came from my great grocery shopping deals no doubt. 

I love the versatility of pasta salad, especially in the summer.  It makes a great side dish for any cookout or regular weeknight meal.  This recipe could be modified in a hundred different ways. It is a very quick dish to make as well which makes it that much better.  I actually whipped this recipe up in about 15 minutes on Saturday night, right before we headed over to the campfire. 

1 box tri-colored rotini or any other pasta that you have handy
1 bottle of Italian dressing
2 diced tomatoes
1 package salami (pepperoni would be wonderful too)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbs dried Italian herb blend

Boil pasta until al dente.  Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Meanwhile, chop up tomatoes and salami into bite size pieces.  Combine all ingredients in large bowl.  Note; you probably won't need the entire bottle of dressing, use only as much as you prefer!  Chill until ready to serve.

Bon appetite!


  1. Looks yummy! I came over from Goodeness Gracious. I have a farm blog, too! Come visit!

  2. I love pasta salad made with Italian dressing and salami or pepperoni. In fact your recipe is a lot like the one I make except I use crubled colby and monteray jack cheeses. Either way is sure looks yummy!


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