I'm looking for a new pasta salad for the summer.....

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  1. klombar

    klombar Old timer

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    I'm tired of the same old stuff what do you add to spice up pasta salad?
     
  2. pumba

    pumba DIS PUMBARIZER Moderator

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    it usually goes over better than my tuna fish pasta salad.........I have been known to hide a few slivers of garlic in it too........with just a small amount of brocolli heads......and black olives......and some Italian dressing.......using Good Seasons with olive oil and vinegar........yummy
     
  3. dt

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    What do you normally put in the salad?
     
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  5. marlasmom

    marlasmom DIS Veteran

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    I use elbow macaroni, sliced radishes, sliced green onions, a little celery if I feel like it, sometimes shrimp, and I use prepared coleslaw dressing. The secret is sliced stuffed green olives. I also add one or two chopped hard boiled eggs. You could add green pepper or carrots if you like. My family loves this.
     
  6. yummy72

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    It's not a "pasta salad" but this is my favorite new "summer salad" It's especially great for picnics, bbq's etc..
    VEGGIE SALAD
    1 head cauliflower
    1 bunch broccoli
    1 small package carrots
    1 small onion
    1 large package shredded mozzarella cheese
    1 package bacon fried and crumbled
    1 bottle SEVEN SEAS Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

    Chop veggies fine and combine with rest of ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

    Makes a big bowl.
     
  7. amid chaos

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    Barilla has new pasta salad sauces. I was looking for something different so I bought it to give it a try. I mixed the dressing (Garden Parmasean, but they also have a tomoato based and basil based) with tricolor pasta and then put in cherry tomatoes, carrots, goat cheese, black olives and sunflower seeds. Yum...worth a try.
     
  8. Baboo

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    I add some pesto sauce to the dressing in mine.
     
  9. DixieAmos

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    Try Harrods dear.
     
  10. dt

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    This is what I usually mix up either with a balsamic or citrus dressing:

    cheese tortelini
    marinated mushrooms
    olives
    shredded carrots
    sweet onions
    roasted yellow or red peppers
    cooked chicken breast in bite sized pieces
    baby spinach - sometimes I'll add this

    I add sliced grape or cherry tomatoes once I take the salad out of the fridge.

    I just can't stand a tomato that has been in the fridge.
     
  11. *Robin*

    *Robin* bibbity bobbity boo!

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    dt, that looks so yummy! I have to agree about the tomatoes...yuck!

    Do you think this would be good with artichoke hearts?

    :D
     
  12. dt

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    Robin,

    Sure - haven't yet acquired the taste for them except in a hot crab/artichoke dip.

    I think you can change the vegetables to what you like and what's in season.

    If I don't want it to be as hardy I replace the tortelini with a fun shapped pasta and a cheese like brie or parmeasan shavings.

    Whatever strikes me on any given day!
     
  13. *Robin*

    *Robin* bibbity bobbity boo!

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    Hey everybody, I just wanted to tell you I made dt's recipe above yesterday for dinner today.

    It was such a hit, my son asked if he could save his steak for tomorrow and just have the pasta tonight!

    I made it as she did, except I used ham instead of chicken, and didn't add olives. I also used T. Marzetti's italian dressing.

    It was so incredibly good that I can't wait to try it as she did...!
    :DThanks so much dt!!
     
  14. dt

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    Robin - glad you liked your version - it really is easy to mix and match what you like with some of the ingredients isn't it?

    Hey you can use your son's leftover steak in his.
     
  15. missymouse3367

    missymouse3367 <font color=navy>Loves Godiva<br><font color=green

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    Hey have tried the spaghetti salad with Italian dressing.
    That's usually a big hit and stays good for a week, so if you need something for the week end you can make it ahead of time. You can make different varieties by using raspberry salad dressing or a sun dried tomato. If you need the recipe let me know
     
  16. *Robin*

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    Hi Missy! Welcome to the Dis! (I see you just signed on) :)

    If you have a great recipe, definetly post it! We love that stuff around here! :D

    Have a great day!
     
  17. missymouse3367

    missymouse3367 <font color=navy>Loves Godiva<br><font color=green

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    Ok here goes.

    Spaghetti Salad
    12 oz. pkg thin spag.
    1-8 oz bottle Italian salad dressing
    1tsp sugar
    1/2 bottle Salad Supreme (Mc Cormicks)
    1 zuucchini chopped
    1 red onion chopped
    1 cucumber chopped
    1 green bell pepper chopped
    1 tomato chopped
    Brake spag into fourths cook as directed, drain run cold water over to cool. Mix with all other ingred. in lg bowl.
    Chill overnight. Keeps 1 wk in refrig. Stir before serving.
    You might need to add more dressing if it looks a little dry.

    I've tried this with a wide varriety of veggies. I have also tried other types of salad dressings.

    Enjoy.
     

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