Italian Pasta Salad Recipe. A cold pasta salad recipe with Italian Salad Dressing includes Tri-colored Rotini , black olives and Italian Cheese.
Making your salads from scratch allows you to include vegetables you
like and avoid those you don't. It also allows you to make as much salad as you need.
Leftovers are delicious and seem more flavorful the second day around.
Some suggestions are listed below for other vegetables.
Substitute Rotini with other pastas as suggested for variety.
This makes an excellent dish to team with a garlic bread sandwich for a nice, quick lunch.
1 (12 oz.) package Tri-colored Rotini Pasta
3-4 quarts water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole black olives
1 cup cherry or grapes tomatoes*
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup grated Romano Cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 recipe Italian Salad Dressing below
Bring water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in Rotini pasta. Cook about 20 minutes or until it is the firmness that you desire for your cooked pasta.
Remove from heat, drain and rinse in cold water immediately to halt the cooking. Set aside.
In a large bowl, prepare the following recipe.
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon light Karo (corn) syrup
4 cloves garlic, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder**
1 teaspoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon oregano
Pour water into a large mixing bowl (large enough to hold all your pasta). Stir in olive oil.
Then, slowly stir in the vinegar. The mixture will start to emulsify a little. This emulsifying (getting thickened) helps keep the mixture from separating.
Stir in the lemon juice. Add the salt and oregano and mix well.
Fold in peppers, olives, and tomatoes.
Gently, fold in cold (room temperature) cooked Rotini.
Sprinkle cheeses on top and gently fold into pasta.
Reserve a little cheese to sprinkle on top as a garnish after your have placed it in your serving dish.
Serve immediately or refrigerate to serve later.
*1 cup chopped regular sized tomatoes can be substituted.
powder provides a stronger garlic flavor than fresh because it is very
finely ground. However, the fresh garlic contains the juice which may or
may not provide more health benefits.
Rotini - the type we used in this Italian Pasta Salad Recipe (image above) comes in white or tri-colored.
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