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Simple Pasta Salad For Potlucks

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When hot weather hits, a cool, refreshing pasta salad is the perfect dinner solution. Start with a base of Dreamfields Rotini or Penne Rigate pasta, and create a flavor of your own.
Ingredients
  Macaroni 4 Ounce (Wagon Wheel Or Desired Pasta, 1 1/3 Cup)
  Corkscrew pasta 4 Ounce (Tri-Colored Or Desired Pasta)
  Crushed red pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Sweet red pepper 1 Medium, cut into thin strips
  Yellow squash/Zucchini 1 Medium, halved, sliced lengthwise
  Thawed frozen peas/1 cups cooked / cooled fresh peas 10 Ounce
  Drained black olives 6 Ounce, pitted
  Cubed cheddar cheese 4 Ounce, smoked
  Unblanched almonds 1 Cup (16 tbs), toasted
  Sliced green onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Snipped fresh tarragon/Oregano / basil / dill 2 Tablespoon
  Italian salad dressing 8 Ounce
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Cook pasta according to package directions except add crushed red pepper to the cooking water.
2) Rinse with cool water and drain thoroughly.
3) Cool pasta to room temperature.

MAKING
4) In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, sweet red pepper, yellow squash or zucchini, peas, olives, cheese, almonds, green onions and herb.
5) Add dressing to pasta mixture. Toss gently to mix.
6) Cover and chill for 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

SERVING
7) Serve the dish in a serving plate.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Tossed
Dish: 
Salad
Ingredient: 
Pasta
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Arranging a potluck party? Make this summer-special and perfect pasta salad for the potluck. Its easy and simple; moreover you can add any item of your choice to this salad. Your friends will surely be amazed with your creativity.

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