Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summertime Pasta Salad

Last weekend we had get together at my mother in laws house.  She's 91 years old and LOVES it when the family gets together at her house!  She has 13 you can imagine how HUGE our get togethers are!

What we typically do is have a potluck style set up and this time we grilled burgers and hot dogs.  I was asked to bring a pasta salad. I found this recipe on This recipe is not gluten free.  Honestly - I have not tried to make pasta salad with gluten free noodles.  But this recipe is easy and is loved by everyone!    The veggies in this recipe match the tri-colored pasta and looks beautiful on the table! 


1 lb tri-colored spiral pasta
6 Tablespoons Italian Salad Seasoning Mix (the dry packets)
1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh broccoli (small bite sized pieces)
1 large can of whole black olives
1 packet of cubed cheese (your choice)


In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente.  Rinse under cold water.and drain.

Whisk together the salad spice mix and Italian dressing.  Chill for at least an hour.

In a salad bowl, combine the pasta, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, cheese and olives. 

Right before serving, pour your Italian dressing with spice mix over pasta.  Your are then ready to serve!

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