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Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

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Sometimes you need a hearty salad meal that can hold you throughout the day, like pasta salad!
Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

Making a salad doesn’t have to involve leafy greens all the time. Sometimes you need a hearty salad meal that can hold you throughout the day. This colorful Quick and Easy Pasta Salad is just that. It is not only very colorful and appealing to the eyes, but also tangy, delicious, and satisfying!

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

What Goes Into A Pasta Salad?

To make this recipe, you will need:

  • Tri-colored pasta spirals
  • Salad seasoning mix
  • Italian-style dressing
  • Red onion
  • Broccoli florets
  • Multi Colored cherry tomatoes
  • Red bell pepper
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Black olives

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

How Do I Make A Delicious Quick and Easy Pasta Salad?

  1. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Do not overcook the pasta. Drain, rinse with cold water, and reserve.
  2. In the bowl where you plan to serve the salad, combine the salad seasoning mix and the Italian dressing.
  3. Toss in the cooked pasta until fully covered with the dressing mix
  4. Mix in the chopped veggies, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for two hours before serving. Serve cold.

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

What Kind Of Pasta Should I Use To Make A Pasta Salad?

Don’t use any long pasta like spaghetti or fettuccine, use short pasta. You can use penne, spirals, elbow pasta, fusilli, rotini, or cavatappi. I personally like the twisted ones because the dressing sticks to the curves.

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Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

Sometimes you need a hearty salad meal that can hold you throughout the day, like pasta salad!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 541kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz package tri-colored spiral pasta
  • 1-1 oz package salad seasoning mix
  • 1-16 oz bottle Italian-style salad dressing
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, uncooked
  • 2 cups multi-colored cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 red bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, small diced
  • 1-2.25 oz can black olives, sliced

Instructions

  • In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Do not overcook the pasta. Drain, rinse with cold water, and reserve.
  • In the bowl where you plan to serve the salad, combine the salad seasoning mix and the Italian dressing.
  • Toss in the cooked pasta until fully covered with the dressing mix
  • Mix in the chopped veggies, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for two hours before serving. Serve cold.

Notes

  1. Once the pasta is done, drain it and rinse it with cold water to prevent it from sticking and to stop the cooking process.
  2. Chop your veggies roughly the same size so you get a little bit of everything in every bite.
  3. Serve the pasta salad cold.
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Nutrition

Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

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