THE ULTIMATE PASTA POTLUCK SALAD

Bonnie ^O^

By
@Utahn

This is the Ultimate Pasta Potluck Salad. While there is a bit of prep work to this dish, it is well worth the effort. I always bring copies of this recipe when I take this dish to a barbecue. The flavor is outstanding! Enjoy!



Photo from free site, recipe by a cook named Nancy.


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Serves:

12

Prep:

30 Min

Ingredients

4
ounces wagon wheel macaroni or desired pasta (1 1/3 cups)
4
ounces tri-colored corkscrew macaroni or desired pasta
1
teaspoon crushed dried red pepper
1
medium red sweet bell pepper
1
medium yellow squash or zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
1
10 ounce package frozen peas thawed
1
6 ounce can pitted black olives, drained
4
ounces smoked cheddar cheese, cubed
1
cup unblanched whole almonds, toasted
1/2
cup sliced green onions
2
tablespoons snipped fresh tarragon, oregano or dill (i use tarragon)
1
8 ounce bottle regular or fat free italian dressing. i use fat free caesar dressing

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook the pasta according to package directions except add crushed red pepper to the cooking water. Rinse with cool water and drain thoroughly. Cool pasta to room temperature.
2
In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, sweet pepper, yellow squash or zucchini, peas, olives, cheese, almonds, green onions, and tarragon.
3
Add dressing to pasta mixture; toss gently to mix. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
4
Cook's tip: Be sure not to substitute the smoked cheddar cheese; it is crucial to the flavor of the dish. Optional: Add chopped avocado just before serving. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Salads, Salads