Recipe by Rae
"This pasta salad comes together easily and is great for summer get-togethers. My family requests this all the time. I like to play with different veggies to add in variety. So play around with your favorites."
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1 (12 ounce) package
tri-colored spiral pasta
1 (10 ounce) bag
baby spinach leaves
green onions, chopped
1 (16 ounce) bottle
creamy Italian-style salad dressing
Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1 (6 ounce) can
sliced black olives
Wow. Ten stars. I had some bacon and baby spinach to use up and found this recipe. I had to make a change due to what I had, but am rating anyway because I think the result would have been VERY similar. I didn't have creamy Italian dressing, but only had regular. Assuming (and I apologize if I'm wrong) that creamy Italian dressing has a "mayo-like" base, I used the bottle of regular Italian dressing in place of the creamy, and then used 1/3 cup mayo in place of the regular Italian which I'm thinking "evened" everything out. Everything else I followed EXACT. SOOOOO GOOD!!! Where has this recipe been all my life?! I can't wait to try this out on everyone this summer at family and neighborhood BBQs!
I agree with the other reviewer that the bacon was soggy--I would substitute ham or salami for the added smoky flavor. Also, "wilting" that amount of spinach inevitably leads to clumping. I would simply toss in uncooked baby spinach leaves. I didn't love this and probably won't make it again, but that having been said, I made it for a potluck and came back with an almost-empty bowl.
This is such awesome salad, a change from regular salads, making again this weekend everyone wants more!!!
Add the bacon just before serving and grate some fresh parmesan on top before serving. I find Good Seasons packet dressing you make yourself the best.
I loved it but changed a few things the second time I made it. I tossed the warm pasta with a couple Tablespoons of Bacon grease, used arugula instead of spinach, omitted the creamy dressing and added some fresh cilantro. Big hit both times.
Good dish. I loved it. Works well with busy schedules like a house filled with kids and night school!
Recipe is good, but the bacon gets soggy. Think next time i will add this either right before serving or buy bacon bits. I also added more dressing and even a little ranch for a bit of creaminess.
Great salad! Reading about several reviewers having soggy bacon, I used thick bacon. Problem solved. Really great flavor. The only changes I made were the bacon and I put 1 more tomato in it. It just looked like it needed it. I also had to add a little more salad dressing in it. When I put it in the refrigerator to chill, it jelled up. And it seemed dry when I stirred it up. Putting a little more dressing loosened it up.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Rae's Italian BS Pasta Salad
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 203
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