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This pasta salad is my go-to recipe for summer. Actually I make it year round because the whole family loves it. The kids love when I make it during the week so they can take it for lunch. I like it because it’s quick and easy, travels well, and it’s a great way to use up some of those tomatoes and peppers in the garden.
The secret is mixing the dry dressing mix and a bit of sweetener in with the bottled dressing. Makes a huge difference!
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Now onto that recipe, made so much easier with Core Bamboo!
- 1 box of short cut pasta (I love Dreamfields Rotini)
- 1 9oz. bottle of Italian Dressing (I used Ken's Light Options Italian. If your bottle is 12oz. or so, that works, too!)
- 1 packet of dry Italian Dressing mix
- 2 teaspoons of sugar or one packet of sweetener
- 1 tomato, diced
- 2 bell peppers, different colors, diced
- 1 can of large black olives, sliced
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
While the pasta is cooking chop your veggies and olives and put them all together in a bowl.
When the pasta is done, drain it and rinse it with cold water. Pour into a large bowl. Add the vegetables and stir.
Pour about half of the dressing onto the pasta salad.
To the remaining dressing in the bottle, add the dry dressing packet and the sugar/sweetener. Shake well until combined. Pour over pasta salad.
Stir well to combine and either enjoy right away or keep refrigerated until you're ready to eat.
I am participating in the Meatless May Challenge this month with a group of other bloggers. We’ll each be posting 10 recipes in the month of May made without meat!