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.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
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

Step-By-Step

1Cook pasta according to pkg directions. Drain and cool pasta. Cook your california blend vegetables according to pkg directions,cool.
2You 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.
3Now add the bottled dressing and mix again. Chill salad overnight. The dressing will soak into the noodles and will not be so heavy later.
4Take 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