The perfect pasta salad recipe! Tender noodles tossed in a zesty Italian dressing with vegetables, meat, and cheese… great for a potluck or a light meal!
Okay, guys… let’s bring on the summer recipes! I’m so ready for steak kabobs on the grill, glorious slices of apple pie, my famous orange-lemon shake-ups, and this perfect pasta salad. Summertime is AWESOME when it comes to good food. It seems like anytime there’s a potluck or a backyard barbecue, this is my go-to side dish to bring. It serves a ton of people, needs just a few simple ingredients, and seems to be something that everyone loves.
The foundation of this recipe is spiral noodles and Italian dressing. Super easy, right? I’ve tried a few different dressing variations over the years, but this is the one I always come back to: 2 cups of Italian dressing (I just grab a bottle from the store) and 1 packet of Italian dressing seasoning mix (found right next to the salad dressings). Adding in the seasoning packet gives an extra kick of zesty flavor that makes this pasta salad really stand out from the others.
Everyone has their own pasta salad preference, but here’s what I like in mine: cucumber, cherry tomatoes, colby jack cheese and salami (or summer sausage). If you like black olives, go ahead and throw those in there too, but we usually leave them out. I cut all my pasta salad add-ins into nice, big chunks so it’s easy to for picky eaters to eat around anything they don’t like… Wyatt always leaves a pile of tomatoes in his bowl, and Jeremy steers clear of the cucumbers. I personally devour every last bite of mine! [Read more…]