Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Recipe for the Easiest, Yummiest Pasta Salad Ever

Summer just wouldn't be summer without this pasta salad!  My husband and kids (and nieces and nephews!) love this pasta salad.  I've been making it for as long as I can remember, probably because it is super-easy to make and when I first got married the most I could cook was cinnamon toast. :) 

Plus, I despise mayonnaise.  Finding summer side dishes without mayonnaise was a challenge a decade ago, before the days of Pinterest, so I was beyond excited to find this recipe at the time.  I still make it at least a couple of times each month and my kids have yet to grow sick of it. 

In the summertime, this pasta salad accompanies grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken kabobs, or even PB&J sandwiches.  There is really no "wrong" way to make it, but my kids' favorite combination is: pasta, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and Meijer brand Reduced-Fat Italian salad dressing. If you have a garden and you plan

Easiest, Yummiest Pasta Salad Ever

16 ounce box of pasta (our favorite is Rotini)

1 16 ounce bottle of Italian salad dressing

Chopped vegetables of your choice:  cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, green onions, olives

Directions:  Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.  Place in a large bowl and cool. Add the entire bottle of salad dressing and mix well.  Add vegetables.  Chill completely before serving. Enjoy!

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