I always have to chuckle when people ask me for my "recipe" for pasta salad... I always thought it was a fool proof side but maybe not for everyone. Anyways, I've been making this, or a doctored up version of this since I can remember, and before me- my mom did as well. Just a few differences.... I can't stand raw peppers so I use jarred roasted red peppers instead. I do add pepperoni but not salami. I add both green and black olives, cucumbers (sliced and quartered), broccoli, sliced carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, and my cheese of choice is cubed muenster. I also make sure to use a zesty Italian dressing but the amount I use is probably different with each batch- eyeball and taste it. The pasta will suck up the dressing like you wouldn't believe, so if I remember, sometimes I chill the pasta overnight in the fridge after I cook it and it seems to help. Either way, I almost always have to add a little more dressing on the 2nd day and give it a toss to revive the flavor. I get asked to make it at almost every picnic, which is flattering but , all that chopping does get tiresome!
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I always have to chuckle when people ask me for my "recipe" for pasta salad... I always...