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family's favorite pasta salad

Recipe by
Holly Stover
Wright City, OK

While trying to figure out a way to get my meat-and-potato loving husband to eat other veggies, I came up with this salad. Took a few of his favorites (tomatoes and olives) and threw in some I knew he could tolerate, mixed it with pasta and cheese, and it was a big hit. I take it to every family get-together and never have any left.

yield 10 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For family's favorite pasta salad

  • 1 can
    black olives, chopped, 4.25 oz. can
  • 2 md
    cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 lg
    tomatoes, diced
  • 2 bunch
    green onions, chopped
  • 1 pkg
    tricolored rotini pasta, 16 oz.
  • 1 pkg
    pepperoni, julienned (i use a 8 oz.package of sliced)
  • 1 bottle
    your favorite italian dressing, can add a little more as pasta soaks it up
  • 6 oz
    package of parmesan cheese, shredded

How To Make family's favorite pasta salad

  • 1
    Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until pasta is cool.
  • 2
    Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, leaving some of the cheese to sprinkle on top.
  • 3
    Chill several hours to let the flavors blend. Better if left to sit overnight.
  • 4
    Very versatile as you can add more of what you like, less of what you don't like. Can easily double by adding more veggies and 1/2 of another package of pasta. I have even used grilled chicken instead of pepperoni, or left the meat out completely.

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