Recipe by Hope1960
"This is a wonderful side at any BBQ."
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2 (16 ounce) packages
fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
red onion, diced
green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 (10 ounce) package
frozen green peas, thawed
1 (8 ounce) bottle
red wine vinegar salad dressing
Holy pasta salad, Batman! This makes a TON of pasta salad (I'm already making a mental list of dinner invitees so it doesn't go to waste!). If you're making this for a family dinner, you'll probably want to halve it. I made as is, though I did use only 24 oz of pasta as I realized my boxes were 12 oz as opposed to 16. I also bought broccoli crowns (I'm lazy), instead of 2 heads (I used 3 largish crowns, instead). I also reduced the mayo a bit (and I always use light mayo w/EVOO) to lighten it up a bit. Surprisingly, there was only ONE bottle of red wine vinaigrette in all of my grocery stores bottled dressings (I'll make my own if I make this again, but wanted to stay true to the recipe this time). This is a nice change of pace pasta salad and I really like the amount of veggies in it (I also added a bag of shredded carrots to add some more color/nutrients). While it won't become my "go to" pasta salad, I'm definately glad I tried it! I'm looking forward to customizing it a bit; I think I'll add some chopped banana peppers (w/juice) and a handful or two of shredded cheddar, too. THANKS for a very nice recipe, Hope!
i didnt have the broccoli but i kept everything else pretty true to the recipe. i dont think i used 2 cups of mayo but i probably used more than 8 oz of the salad dressing. i used a home made version from this site. i like the dry mustard in this. it gives it something extra. it makes alot but i sent some to my mother in law and she called for the recipe. ill try it with broccoli too but i dont see how this could get any better. five stars.
This was a little to vinegar-y for me so I added about 1/4 sugar and that made an improvement. Overall, it was good.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Hope's Colorful Pasta Salad
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 163
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