Monday, April 11, 2016

Veggie-Pasta Salad

This is super quick to put together and very tasty!  It's great as a side dish for potlucks or to simply enjoy as a light meal.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
For salad:
-1 lb pasta (I like to use shells or rotini)
-4 large Roma tomatoes, diced
-1 medium zucchini, diced
-1 cucumber, peeled and diced
-1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
-1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
-1 small red onion, diced
2 (2.25 oz each) cans sliced ripe olives, drained
For dressing:
-1 (16 oz) bottle zesty Italian dressing
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
-1 Tbs sesame seeds
-2 tsp poppy seeds
-1 tsp smoked paprika
-1/4 tsp garlic powder
Directions:
Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Drain again and place in large salad bowl.  Add remaining salad ingredients.
In a large bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients.  Pour over salad and mix very, very well.  Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours.  Serve and enjoy!

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