Recipe by Sarah Rose
"A lovely and fresh pasta salad my dad threw together one night that became a favorite. It's also very flexible. As Dad says, 'If you want to put something else in, go ahead, ain't no big deal. As long as no one starts poking it with a fork and mumbling,'had a failed science experiment look like this once, only it smelled better,' you're doin' just fine.'"
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thin spaghetti, broken into 1 1/2-inch lengths
salt and ground black pepper to taste
garlic, minced, divided
dried basil, divided
olive oil, divided
grape tomatoes, diced
red onion, diced
1 (6 ounce) can
small pitted black olives, halved lengthwise
1 (12 ounce) package
sliced fresh mushrooms
romaine lettuce leaves, torn into bite size pieces
I made two small changes--I only used one pint of grape tomatoes and I used fresh spinach leaves instead of romaine lettuce leaves. For a quick throw-together pasta salad, this turned out very nicely. It paired great with barbeque rubbed pork/chicken. Next time, I'd like to try this with tofu shirataki pasta and see how it turns out. This way I could enjoy this with my family and not worry so much about carb counts.
Good!!! Pasta salads like this are great because they are so forgiving; you can adjust them every which way and it'll still work out just fine! I skipped the onion, added crushed red pepper flakes, added cucumber, used fresh basil, and used garlic power instead of fresh because I can't handle raw garlic. I also ended up adding a little Italian dressing to add some zing. Thanks :)
excellent salad. Only instead of spaghetti, I used mixed colored tortilleni's
This is fantastic with "Balsamic Salad dressing" by Alice Coates (a virtually fat and calorie free tomato juice based dressing) also on this site. I made this with whole wheat pasta and left out the olive oil to make it fit my diet plan. I did not expect to love it so much!
Really good this pasta salads is excellent !!
This is good stuff and her dad is right put whatever you want in this. I didn't have fresh tomatoes or mushrooms so I used canned (drained and rinsed) used green onions and added some green olives that needed to be used. I totally forgot about the lettuce at the end but was good without it. Very forgiving, very cheap, and very easy. Def keeper.
love it. I made it for my bridal shower.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Sarah Rose's Dad's Made-Up Kind of a Salad Sort of Thing
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 294
** Calories from Fat: 119
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