Tri-Color Pasta Salad
There are certain pasta salads that are requested during the summer by my husband. This is one of them. I simply took the colors of the pasta, added the vegetables that matched and came up with this recipe! You can make a little or a whole recipe just by varying the amounts. When two people are home, I make 1/2 a box of Rainbow Rotini. It keeps well for a couple of days for lunches or a side dish for dinner.
1 box Rainbow Rotini ( or any three colored pasta)
All of these amounts are approximate and variable according to your liking. I never measure, but just add what I think is a good amount.
1 cup Cauliflower ( broken into small flowerets) or more
1 cup chopped Broccoli (or more)
1/2 – 3/4 cup slivered Carrots
1/2 cup onion (red or your choice)
Approx 1 cup of Mayo
3/4 cup Italian Salad Dressing (I’ve used fat-free, regular and zesty)
Salt & Pepper
Optional Ingredients: Black or Green Olives, chicken, ham, salami
Cook pasta according to package directions for “firm” pasta, rinse and drain
Add vegetables: carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and onions
In a separate bowl, add mayo and mix with Italian Salad Dressing
Add to pasta and vegetables.
Mix well and refrigerate overnight.
Salt & Pepper to taste
Before serving, add more mayo and Italian Salad dressing, if necessary, to moisten it.
Serve as a side salad.
Don’t you love the colors?
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