This is a cold pasta salad that utilizes lots of filling foods. If you are a Weight Watcher's member you will also enjoy the POINTS VALUE of only 2 points for a generous 1 cup serving!
prep time50 Min
cook time5 Min
whole wheat pasta
carrots, raw, peeled & sliced into coins
jalapeno peppers, de-veined, de-seeded, sliced
cheddar cheese, low fat, cubed
parmesan cheese, grated
caesar italian dressing, (kraft fat free)
How To Make
Boil pasta until el dente'. Rinse in cold water and place in a large salad bowl.
Clean and separate broccoli and cauliflower flowerettes. Boil a pot of water - turn off and place vegetables in hot water to BLANCH. (approx. 3 min). They should brighten in color, but still be crisp. Repeat with carrots.
Add blanched vegetables to bowl of pasta.
Add chopped tomato, sliced jalapenos and olives to pasta bowl. (You may use black or green olives). I prefer small green olives stuffed with pimentos. Mix thoroughly.
Cut cheddar cheese into small cubes and add along with 3 T. of fresh parmesan. Add the Caesar Italian salad dressing and blend into pasta and vegetable mixture thoroughly. I have also used fat free Zesta Italian dressing before. If you like a creamier salad you could also add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, but remember the POINTS value will change if you do. Refrigerate overnight covered.
If you want your salad hotter/spicier, leave seeds and veins in jalapenos.
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