Zesty Pasta Salad Recipe

Hey Y’all!

Pasta salad is an amazing dish to serve, it’s easy, fresh, and  you can eat it year round. There are many  reasons to enjoy pasta salad; firstly it’s a very healthy and budget friendly recipe.  his is one of my favorite dishes to make, because it’s a really colorful and fun. You can add as many different vegetables as you like. Personally, I always like to add broccoli, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes. However, you can feel free to add anything your heart desires.  A pasta salad is perfect to serve for guests at your own party or if you’re invited to a potluck it will surely be a winner. I made this as one of my sides for my Christmas party, which I wrote about in the post Tips for the Throwing an Epic Christmas Party.

It’s one of those dishes that can be eaten year round.  It can be served at a holiday party in December,  or brought to a Fourth of July barbecue. Either way it’s a quick and easy recipe that can be refrigerated. So keep reading for this delicious recipe and the colorful finished product.

 

Ingredients:

 Zesty Pasta Salad:

-Tri-Color Rotini

-Italian Dressing

-Balsamic Vinaigrette

-Broccoli

-Cucumbers

-Cherry Tomatoes

-Pepper

I personally like to use Tri-color rotini pasta, because I love to keep my pasta salad colorful. The rotini pasta also holds in the Italian dressing and the vinaigrette, which is essentially to the taste and ensuring that the salad doesn’t dry out. No one likes a dry and stick pasta salad. 

You will want to put your pasta in a large pot and wait for it to come to a boil. It should take about 10-15 minutes for them to cook. Be sure to not to overcook your noodles.  While you are waiting for your pasta to boil, you can begin to cut your vegetables. As I stated earlier I like to use broccoli, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes.

After your pasta finishes boiling pour it into a large pan or dish. Allow your noodles to cool before you add your vegetables, because you don’t your vegetables to cook through.

After you have allowed your pasta to cool, you can begin to add your Balsamic Vinaigrette and Italian dressing. There is no set amount of vinaigrette and dressing to add, it all depends on you and your taste buds. Just remember to add enough to keep your pasta moist.

Mix the dressing  and vinaigrette into your pasta salad. Then, allow your pasta to sit and marinate in the dressing before you add your vegetables. Pasta salad is one of those dishes that tastes better the longer it sits.

Then you can begin to mix in your vegetables, to your pasta salad. Feel free to add more vinaigrette or dressing as needed for taste.

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

-Southern Love

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