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Beef and Pasta Salad Recipe

Beef and Pasta Salad Recipe

My husband and I like zesty pasta salads and have tried many different types. This delightful dish can be eaten warm or cold, so it's a perfect meal anytime of year.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups spiral pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) Italian salad dressing
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded provolone or part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, green pepper, tomatoes and olives. In a large skillet, stir-fry sirloin in oil until cooked as desired; drain.
  • 2. If serving salad hot, add dressing to skillet and bring to a boil. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Add cheese; serve immediately.
  • 3. If serving salad cold, let beef cool for 15 minutes. Add the beef, dressing and cheese to pasta mixture; toss to coat. Chill for at least 1 hour. Yield: 6 servings.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.