Recipe by agirlygirl (OClancy)
"I wanted to try something different from the average pasta salads I've had. So I decided to experiment and thankfully everyone loved it! Feel free use more or less of any of the ingredients according to your palate."
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1 (12 ounce) package
tri-color rotini pasta
Roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered
cucumber, quartered and sliced
green bell pepper, minced
red onion, minced
1 (2.25 ounce) can
sliced black olives
1 (16 ounce) bottle
zesty lite Italian-style salad dressing, or to taste
1 (2.5 ounce) package
1/2 (6 ounce) package
dried cranberries, or to taste
Delicious and fresh tasting....I actually dumped the bacon bits and cranberries in while chopping the veggies not realizing they were to be added at serving time and they taste great! So far I haven't used the whole bottle of dressing just in case it get's to be too soupy. It would be very good with any oil/vinegar based dressing and easy to use fat free to save calories...if one feels they must. I will like to eat this for several meals in the warm weather. I think I'll also make it for the next pot-luck. I think cubed jarlsberg cheese would be really tasty in this salad if you wanted to add a little protein.
The bacon and the cranberries add a nice touch to this pasta salad.
I omitted the cranberries and added tiny cubes of mozzarella and substituted the bacon for sliced, hard, quartered slices of salami. Wonderful results. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Mangia!
This looked like a good and easy one for a hot summer day when you don't want to have the oven going. I did cut up some mild chedder cheese and addded it to the mix. My husband, who does not normally like pasta even liked it.....
Excellent salad!! I made exactly as directed using real bacon bits, and Olive Garden's Lite creamy Italian dressing found in my grocery store (1/2 a bottle was plenty) My family raved. We really liked the dried cranberries--not often found in a pasta salad. Together with the cucumber, they added interest.
Great tasting, pretty and easy! Top three recipe necessities for me.
Always looking to reduce calories, I kept recipe as is but doubled the veggies. For Christmas touch I used Christmas shaped pasta. I know my Grandkids will love it!
This salad was great, however I only used half of the salad dressing as it would have been swimming if I had used a whole bottle.
I really liked this. Used whole wheat pasta and ditched the olives. Also used cut up bacon instead of bits. Great flavor. Perfect for a summer day/night.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Simple Tasty Pasta Salad
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 210
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