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Simple Tasty Pasta Salad

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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30 m servings 678 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 678 kcal
  • 34%
  • Fat:
  • 23.4 g
  • 36%
  • Carbs:
  • 96.6g
  • 31%
  • Protein:
  • 21.3 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 1548 mg
  • 62%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Rinse pasta with cold water until cool; drain.
  2. Combine cooled pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, green bell pepper, red onion, and black olives in a large bowl.
  3. Pour Italian-style salad dressing over the pasta mixture; toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle bacon bits and cranberries over the salad to serve.

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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 h...

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. Mang...

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 n...

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 reall...

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.

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 ...

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.

Great recipe! I've never added cranberries to a pasta salad before but I really liked the sweetness with the sharp provolone. I added chickpeas for extra protein. I will definitely make this aga...