In the heat of summer, this chilled salad is a welcome refreshment. With plenty of fresh vegetables, pasta, and your favorite Italian-style dressing, it serves well at picnics, BBQs, and of course always at lunch time!
The Shopping List:
1 (16 ounce) package of uncooked tri-color spiral pasta
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh carrots
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 (16 ounce) bottles Italian-style salad dressing
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
optional add in: 1/2 cup olives, sliced
1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.
2. Mix chopped carrots, celery, cucumber, green pepper, tomatoes, olives, and onion together in a large bowl.
3. Combine cooled pasta and vegetables together in a large bowl. Pour Italian dressing over mixture, add Parmesan cheese and mix well.
4. Chill for one hour before serving.