Everyone has their own favorite recipe for pasta salad, and this is one that I came up with years ago and honed until I felt I’d gotten it right.
It doesn’t have a lot of ingredients and most of them are already in your cupboard or frig. It hits the spot on a warm day and satisfies with its cool delishishness. Is that a word?
I made this over the weekend and didn’t take “how-to” photos, but here’s the recipe.
Simple Pasta Salad
16 oz. two or three different pasta shapes (I used fusilli, cellantani, and a little florette that I forget the name of)
1 pkg. Good Seasons dry Italian Dressing Mix
Med. cucumber, pared, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
1 1/2 cups sliced bell peppers (I used red, yellow & orange)
1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 to 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup vidalia onion, diced
1/8 to 1/4 cup Italian Dressing (I used Good Seasons Italian)
1 to 2 Tbsp. McCormick’s Salad Supreme
DIRECTIONS: Cook pasta according to instructions (remember that some may have different cooking times). Rinse thoroughly with cold water. Drain completely.
Pour cooled pasta into large bowl and sprinkle with entire packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix. Stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate for several hours.
Slice and chop all vegetables (you can use any others you like but I’ve always liked this combination) and add to pasta. Pour dressing over and stir with large spoon. Add pepper and Salad Supreme to taste.
Sometimes I add a small package of cooked and drained tortellini. I didn’t have any today, though. And it helps if you let it sit again in the frig for awhile (an hour or more) before serving. Enjoy!
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And now a soothing beach scene for you. I took this last winter. Does it make it look any cooler? It’s the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park in nearby Delaware.
And now some questions for you . . .
1. When was the last time you held hands with someone?
2. What one thing says “summer” to you more than any other?
3. Do you wear sunscreen? Do you wear it every day or just when you’re at the beach?
4. How often do you look at the time, either on a watch or other timepiece?
5. What tv show have you seen every episode of?
See you in the comments. Until then, my friends . . .