This salad was another side that I served on Father's Day. It is one of my Family's Favorite salad items that I always make when we are having a pre Reunion dinner at my brothers house.
The recipe makes a lot, & has all but the kitchen sink thrown it. It is an ideal salad to serve at a Family Reunion or large gathering.
I made it & gave a very large bowl of it to my neighbor for her Family dinner. She said they loved it so much, she had to HIDE A SMALL BOWL OF IT IN THE VEGETABLE Bin to EAT LATER.
You may add or delete items that you do not care for. The Zesty Italian is the SECRET.
prep time45 Min
Ingredients For goldmon family favorite pasta salad
multi colored pasta, your choice, [i used conchiglie gourmet pasta]
12 oz.-1 lb. frozen early june peas, thawed & drained
red bell pepper, chopped
grape tomatoes, halved or left whole
green onions, chopped plus 1-med red onion chopped
medium size black olives, drained & halved if desired
artichoke hearts, drained and cut into large pieces
total cubed cheese chunks[i used mozzarella & sharp cheddar
sliced pepperoni [ i used turkey pepperoni]
baby canned corn [chunked]
shredded romano or parmesan cheese
2.62 oz. size mccormick salad supreme[optional]
1 1/2 c
mayonnaise [can use light variety]
16 oz. zesty italian dressing [can use light if desired]
oregano or italian seasoning
granulated garlic powder[more if desired]
salt & pepper (optional) taste first before adding
How To Make goldmon family favorite pasta salad
The prep time in this recipe does not include chill time. The longer it sits the better the flavors blend together. Add the mayo & zesty Italian Dressing to a medium size bowl, & whisk together to blend. Then set aside till needed.
Cube both cheeses, halve the tomatoes if desired, chop the red onions, and red bell pepper. Then add to a very large bowl.
Add the chopped Green Onions
Drain the canned baby corn and cut or break into large chunks, & add to salad bowl.
Drain artichokes, and cut into large pieces. Add to salad bowl.
Cook pasta according to package directions, but by 2-3 minutes LESS FOR THE AL DENTE' STAGE. Rinse in cold water, drain & add to salad bowl.
Separate pepperoni slices and add to bowl as well, reserving a few slices to garnish the top if desired.
Sprinkle in the Romano cheese into the salad bowl.
Add the full bottle of the McCormick salad supreme, sprinkling over the entire salad.
Toss with a large spoon making sure salad is evenly mixed.
Now add the prepared salad dressing, and toss to make sure the vegetables are all coated well.
Blend together, and Garnish top of salad if desired with reserved pepperoni slices and any thing else you choose. Cover and refrigerate at least 2-3 hours or longer if possible. The longer it sits the better the flavors have a chance to blend together.
Serve & enjoy.
This by far is one of the best salads on the planet according to my family, they naturally expect it at every reunion where I am involved in the cooking. It serves a big crowd. You can cut this recipe in half or less if desired, and add or delete the items you do not care for.
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