"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.'" — Sarah Rose
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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 !!
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 from Fat: 119
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