Two of Our Favorite Salad Recipes

July 5, 2012

My kids aren’t picky eater like most kids are. They will try anything once and usually ask for seconds. One of the most requested dishes that my friends and family ask me to bring to events is my Italian Pasta Salad. Its so easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes which makes me love it. I usually make extra because the kids have to have the first plate before we leave.

Italian Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

1 pound  pasta, cooked and drained (My kids love the tri-color pasta and it brings a beautiful color to the salad)
2 cups cubed pepperoni
2 cups cubed provolone cheese
2 cups cheddar cheese (I use yellow for contrast in color)

2 cups green olives
2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half so its easier to eat
1 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced red peppers
1/4 cup diced green peppers
1/4 cup diced yellow peppers

For the Dressing:
24 ounces of your favorite Italian Dressing (I use Wishbone Zesty Italian)
1/4 white vinegar (more or less to taste)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1. In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, pepperoni, cheeses, olives and veggies.

2. To make the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, salad dressing. Once combined, pour over pasta mixture to coat and toss. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

You can add or omit ingredients to your taste and liking as well as tried different dressings. Depending on what we are having I change the recipe slightly to go with our meal.

Caeser Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

1 pound  pasta, cooked and drained
2 cups cubed mozzerella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese (I use yellow for contrast in color)
2 cups sliced black olives
24 ounces of your favorite Caeser Dressing

1. In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, cheeses and olives.

2. Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture to coat and toss. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

 

 

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