Eileens Italian pasta salad

Eileen Hineline

By
@HappyCooking54

My mother made this many times during the summer and for many potlucks and family gatherings. I make it all the time,living in Az,I enjoy salads that are easy to make, good for you and keep you cool.Hope you try it and enjoy it. It is a family favorite I am glad to share.


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Serves:

6-8

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 box
12 oz-ronzoni garden delight enriched carrot,tomato,spinach,pasta blend noodles
1
14.5 oz can italian diced tomatoes,with basil,garlic and oregano
1
4.25 oz can of chopped california ripe olives(i use great value brand,any brand will do)
1
medium size onion, chopped and diced
1
16 oz bag of california blend vegetables(carrots,broccoli,cauliflower)
1/2
block of medium cheddar cheese,cut into cubes(i use kraft)
1
tsp. italian seasoning
1/2
tsp.garlic powder
1/4
tsp. black pepper
1
16 oz. bottle of kraft italian salad dressing
parmesan cheese for topping

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook pasta according to pkg directions. Drain and cool pasta. Cook your california blend vegetables according to pkg directions,cool.
2
You will need a large salad bowl or container. Add your cooled pasta,vegetables,diced onion,canned black olives,canned tomatoes,all seasonings,cubed cheese.Mix the salad all up.
3
Now add the bottled dressing and mix again. Chill salad overnight. The dressing will soak into the noodles and will not be so heavy later.
4
Take out your salad and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and enjoy.
5
*Tips:
1.You can omit onions if you dont like them.
2.add green and red peppers,diced,if you like them
3.add pepperoni slices for a complete meal
4.You can add cubed mozzerella cheese to other cheese too.
I like to make it alittle bit different each time. No matter how I make it, my sons love it.It is a good anytime salad to make-enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American