Friday, January 22, 2010

Easy Pasta Salad

Who doesn't love pasta salad (except for my husband)?  There are so many versions of pasta salad, but I'll share mine with you.  I've tried to make it somewhat healthy so I don't feel as much guilt when I eat it! 

First, I always use whole wheat rotini.  Secondly, I always use extra virgin olive oil, and lastly, I always use McCormick's Salad Supreme.  It makes the difference, to me, in having a good salad or a great salad.

I also love to add chopped fresh basil!  It makes a huge difference in the taste, but when my garden is not yielding basil, I hate spending money on wilted, brown-edged basil at Walmart, so I use the dried.   

I always saute red, yellow or orange bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  It is also great to add fresh tomato (right before you serve it), shredded carrot, or whatever other vegetables you like.

It is filling and somewhat healthy!   If you have a different method or a great recipe you use, please let me know!


  1. I LOVE pasta salad. I don't make it much-but I love it. I would say your version is very healthy! I'll have to try it sometime.

    Dan-I can't believe you don't like it-you're silly!☺

  2. guess what i am having with our steak and chkn tonight???????? yummm cant wait. thanks

  3. Our favorite is "Fresh Salsa Style Pasta Salad" a recipe i made up several summers ago when I was looking for something to take to a covered dish and hadn't planned ahead. Don't worry, it's not spicy at all and pretty healthy.

    Dressing: In 1 cup glass measuring cup-
    Juice of 1 lime
    2 tsp. Salt
    2 tsp. Chili Powder
    Add Ketchup to make 1/2 Cup and mix well.
    Add Olive Oil to make 1 Cup. Mix and toss with:

    Cooked W/W or Multi Grain Pasta
    Chopped Onion and Celery
    1/2 Can each of Black Beans, Garbanzos and Corn
    Chopped Tomatoes
    Chopped Fresh Cilantro

    Enjoy : )

  4. Oh, that sounds good too - I'll have to try that one. Tanner loves pasta salad too. Not too sure about the beans though - :-)