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Looking for Pasta Salad w/ Italian dressing recipe

Started 1270068709.08 in Recipe Swap | Last reply 1270337594.89 by Beebee2

A while back I tried a pasta salad and it had different colored corkscrew pasta and chunks of cheese and italian dressing and some other ingredients. If you have a recipe something like this I would really appreciate you posting it. Thanks in advance!!

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formallyjg1270070521.831641 PostsRegistered 5/7/2008

Hi Weezy...  Looks like you are new to RS and everyone warmly welcomes you.

Funny that you ask about tri-colored pasta since I just bought some today. Got a great deal on Wacky Mac and only paid .49 a bag.

Anyways, when I make a pasta salad I always cook my pasta to the firm state and cool by running cold water over it to stop any further cooking. Now you can add pepperoni, chunks of mozzarella, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, olives etc. , etc. It's dependent upon what you have on hand and what you like. As far as the dressing goes, find a nice bottled italian dressing (or make your own) and make sure that you have enough to add later on. You'll find that when you first add the dressing all of your ingredients will soak it up and then you'll have to add more later.

Use your imagination and go with what you have. HTH

kmcshopper1270070800.4536305 PostsRegistered 8/10/2007

I add red peppers, and broccoli to mine. HTH

LilBitMiss­ty1270071150.1576006 PostsRegistered 12/15/2009Washington State

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luvrecipes1270072101.903142 PostsRegistered 1/31/2010texas

I put tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, onions,crumbled parmamesan

Karena1270072342.365539 PostsRegistered 6/30/2008Bay Area, California

{#emotions_dlg.thumbup} Yum!! Great tips here, ladies!!

cookinfreak1270072659.49769 PostsRegistered 7/22/2009

Hi Karina

Not in here much, but thought I would give you my recipe.  I use the rainbow corkscrew pasta, (12oz) cooked and drained.  I add 1 cuke, peeled. seeded and chopped.  I add 1 chopped tomato and 1 small can of sliced ripe olives.  Then, I pour the oil off of my Italian dressing as best I can, then I add a dry packet of Ranch original dressing, mix it well, and pour over the pasta and other ingredients.

I have also added salami, pepperoni, feta cheese or just whatever I was hungry for that particular time I made it.

cookin

murbo1270073028.0131074 PostsRegistered 3/10/2007

I needed something in a pinch when I had guests coming before I could get out to the store.  I had a bag of broccoli slaw in the fridge I was going to use in a stir fry sometime.  I cooked my tri-color pasta and added the broccoli slaw, cut up pepperoni, cheese, and Kraft zesty italian dressing.  What a hit!  Everyone thought I julienned the veggies!.  My sister still talks about the great pasta salad I make.  I get requests when I go to friends houses.

Just a side note about broccoli slaw, I make crescent roll veggie pizza.  I use broccoli slaw and just give it a rough chop so it's almost like confetti.  Much easier to make the veggie pizza like that.  Can you tell I love broccoli slaw?

Reee1270073866.25756 PostsRegistered 8/1/2005Chicago

I don't post very often. I am more of a 'lurker' but I do read faithfully and enjoy the wonderful recipes. I just have one thing to add to the pasta salad that I think is the secret ingredient. it's a spice called salad supreme, I think Mc Cormick makes it. it's the absolute final touch to a wonderful Italian pasta salad, really. it's a blend of lots of good spices that really jazz up a pasta salad. try it! I think you will like it.

Reee

kirbyk1270074365.5328 PostsRegistered 8/8/2005

Love pasta salad!  We often use a dressing that is a combination of ranch and creamy italian - just mix to taste.  Also add chunks of grilled chicken strips in place of pepperoni.

mdgrammy1270075041.28678 PostsRegistered 1/25/2006Marylands Eastern Shore

This recipe is on the back of McCormicks Salad Supreme Seasoning.

It's in the spice aisle.

It calls for 4 tbsp of the seasoning.

I have never had it without this seasoning.

It uses the Italian dressing also.

 

tannis1270075672.293200 PostsRegistered 7/10/2008

Hi Weezy, welcome to the boards!

I just wanted to recommend a good store bought Italian dressing for pasta salad.  My favorite is Kraft Seven Seas Italian Dressing.  It has a really nice flavor.

tannis

chihuahua021270080018.41870 PostsRegistered 3/15/2008

I have a recipe like this, but it's not written down.  I just throw it together.  It goes something like this:

1 box corkscrews, cook and drain

1-1/2 C CREAMY Italian dressing

3/4 C Mayo

chunks or shredded mozarella

black olives

cherry tomatoes, cut them in half

green peppers

red onion

This is really versatile and you can add whatever you want, celery, shredded carrots, etc.  I also add some Italian seasoning.  Sorry I can't be specific, but everyone loves this!

 

 

C and C Fo­rever1270080586.1171572 PostsRegistered 3/21/2010

HTH=Hope This Helps

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LilBitMiss­ty1270081357.236006 PostsRegistered 12/15/2009Washington State

Thank you C and C Forever!

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Beebee21270081375.7633927 PostsRegistered 5/31/2009

Here's one I've been making for about twenty years; everyone enjoys it.  The original recipe calls for bottled dressing, but most recently I've used the Good Seasons with better results.  It's easy to substitute ingredients you prefer to the ones listed.

Pasta Salad

12-oz pkg Anthony's Rainbow rotini
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 small cucumber, chopped
1 c fresh broccoli florets
1 c sliced pitted ripe olives, (2) 2 1/4-oz cans, drained)
1 c sliced fresh mushrooms
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
8-oz bottle Italian dressing

Prepare pasta.  Drain.  Combine with remaining ingredients, reserving tomatoes.  Cover and chill.  When ready to serve, add tomatoes, second jar of dresssing, and toss salad before serving.  6-8 servings

TeachRsPet1270082387.282854 PostsRegistered 11/29/2009

Salad Supreme is the best! I thought I was the only one who ever used it besides my mom!

Karena1270084021.495539 PostsRegistered 6/30/2008Bay Area, California
On 3/31/2010 cookinfreak said:

Hi Karina

Not in here much, but thought I would give you my recipe.  I use the rainbow corkscrew pasta, (12oz) cooked and drained.  I add 1 cuke, peeled. seeded and chopped.  I add 1 chopped tomato and 1 small can of sliced ripe olives.  Then, I pour the oil off of my Italian dressing as best I can, then I add a dry packet of Ranch original dressing, mix it well, and pour over the pasta and other ingredients.

I have also added salami, pepperoni, feta cheese or just whatever I was hungry for that particular time I made it.

cookin

 Hi Cookin! Great recipe! Thanks so much. I am a fan of feta and cucumbers, as well!! Thanks again!

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Lisa_PHX1270089721.227409 PostsRegistered 1/27/2008
On 3/31/2010 mdgrammy said:

This recipe is on the back of McCormicks Salad Supreme Seasoning.

It's in the spice aisle.

It calls for 4 tbsp of the seasoning.

I have never had it without this seasoning.

It uses the Italian dressing also.

 

 Love using the Salad Supreme in pasta salad!! Emeril makes one that's very similar. 4 TBS sounds about right. Goes great with Wish Bone Italian or I like making my own with the dry packets and oil/vinegar.

I use:

--bow tie or other funky shape (sometimes will make with linguine...)

--cucumbers (great crunch!)

--red onion

--chopped roma or plum tomato

--chopped celery

--Salad supreme seasoning (1/4-1/3 of a jar)

--grated Kraft parmesan (in the green canister)

--Extra shredded parmesan

--whatever else I have on hand...chicken, sausage, pepperoni, etc.

Thanks all for sharing your recipes and variations!

Hersheyzmom1270104054.52558 PostsRegistered 8/6/2008Back home in the Blue Ridge Mountains
On 3/31/2010 Beebee2 said:

Here's one I've been making for about twenty years; everyone enjoys it.  The original recipe calls for bottled dressing, but most recently I've used the Good Seasons with better results.  It's easy to substitute ingredients you prefer to the ones listed.

Pasta Salad

12-oz pkg Anthony's Rainbow rotini
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 small cucumber, chopped
1 c fresh broccoli florets
1 c sliced pitted ripe olives, (2) 2 1/4-oz cans, drained)
1 c sliced fresh mushrooms
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
8-oz bottle Italian dressing

Prepare pasta.  Drain.  Combine with remaining ingredients, reserving tomatoes.  Cover and chill.  When ready to serve, add tomatoes, second jar of dresssing, and toss salad before serving.  6-8 servings

 Mine's almost identical, except I don't do the broccoli florets.  Instead I add 1 cup of cubed salami, and 1 cup of cubed sharp provolone (or swiss). 

june11270286814.97576 PostsRegistered 10/21/2006
On 3/31/2010 lilbitmissty said:

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 Hope This Helps Smile

Scorpio19711270336033.463323 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

My go to dressing and favorite for pasta salad is Ken's Creamy Italian.  A local take out restaurant uses it for both of their pasta salads.....they make one with rotini (corkscrew) pasta and another one with tortellini pasta.  Love them both!

What goes around comes around.

Beebee21270337594.893927 PostsRegistered 5/31/2009
On 4/1/2010 Hersheyzmom said:
On 3/31/2010 Beebee2 said:

Here's one I've been making for about twenty years; everyone enjoys it.  The original recipe calls for bottled dressing, but most recently I've used the Good Seasons with better results.  It's easy to substitute ingredients you prefer to the ones listed.

Pasta Salad

12-oz pkg Anthony's Rainbow rotini
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 small cucumber, chopped
1 c fresh broccoli florets
1 c sliced pitted ripe olives, (2) 2 1/4-oz cans, drained)
1 c sliced fresh mushrooms
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
8-oz bottle Italian dressing

Prepare pasta.  Drain.  Combine with remaining ingredients, reserving tomatoes.  Cover and chill.  When ready to serve, add tomatoes, second jar of dresssing, and toss salad before serving.  6-8 servings

 Mine's almost identical, except I don't do the broccoli florets.  Instead I add 1 cup of cubed salami, and 1 cup of cubed sharp provolone (or swiss). 

Hersheyzmom,  I like those additions.  Now that you've got me thinking, I think I'll throw in some garbanzo beans, too.

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