Every now and then I like to break out the pasta bowl and make a big bowl of Pasta Salad for the family. It’s an easy way to get a giant bowl of something everyone will eat. Filled with enough vegetables to keep everyone healthy, I think it’s a great way to get everyone to eat salad.
Typically, I like to make this meal in the summer, but I just made this last week and it tasted as good in the winter as it does any other time of the year. Throw in a little home made Italian dressing and you have yourself a home run for the family.
My son Michael absolutely loves this dish because he says it’s perfect for “carbing up” before a big workout. The way he describes it is that the day before he eats a bunch of pasta salad and has a much better workout the next day.
My husband Mark loves this dish as well because he loves the taste of Italian salad dressing mixed with the onions and tomatoes. He says there’s just something about coming out into the kitchen for lunch on a warm summer day and reaching into the fridge for some cold pasta salad.
I’ve never heard any complaints about this dish, even from my other son Sean who doesn’t like tomatoes. The fact is that the bowl of pasta salad goes very fast and within a day it’s gone.
- One small onion diced (1/2 if large onion)
I like red or vidalia
- One small green pepper diced
- One half english cucumber quartered pieces
or one whole kirby cucumber halved pieces
- about 15 grape or cherry tomatoes halved
- lb box of rotelle or fusilli pasta
- your favorite italian salad dressing
- Put diced onion, pepper, cucumber, tomatoes in large mixing bowl and mix with three tablespoons of the italian dressing.
Put in refrigerator while you cook the pasta.
- In a dutch oven or large pasta pot cook pasta in boiled salted water according to directions.
Strain and pour some cold water over pasta in colander.
Allow to cool down.
- Add cooled pasta to vegetables and gently mix. Add some italian dressing. Go lightly here. I like to lightly dress the salad and have some extra on table if someone wants more.
Let the salad completely cool in the fridge for a couple of hours.