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jeff's special pasta salad

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Shelley Young
Kansas City, MO

My Anatomy instructor, Jeff, brought this delicious pasta salad to a class potluck. Everyone wanted the recipe, so "the story" began. Jeff said that he'd had the dish at a restaurant and convinced the owner to give him the recipe with the promise that he NOT share it. Jeff was a terrific anatomy instructor but a poor secret keeper! Thank goodness he decided to share it. Now I can share it too!

★★★★★ 2
serves 15-20+
prep time 5 Min
cook time 15 Min

Ingredients For jeff's special pasta salad

  • 1 lb
    vermicelli, uncooked
  • 1/4 lb
    pasta shells, uncooked
  • 1/4 lb
    rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 1/3 c
    romano cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c
    green pepper, diced
  • 1/4 c
    red onion, diced
  • 1/4 c
    fresh tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 c
    carrot, thin sliced or diced (optional)
  • 1/4 c
    sliced black olives (optional)
  • 12 oz
    bottled italian salad dressing ( i use wishbone)
  • 1 c
    mayonnaise (do not substitute)
  • 1/4 c
    dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    dried parsley flakes
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    black pepper (use less if freshly ground)
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    salt ( i use sea salt)

How To Make jeff's special pasta salad

  • 1
    Break the vermicelli in half before boiling. Boil pastas according to package directions (they have different times so prepare accordingly)
  • 2
    Meanwhile mix all dressing ingredients in a very large bowl. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water to stop cooking and chill slightly.
  • 3
    Toss the veggies in the dressing then add pasta and toss everything to coat. Chill and serve.

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