Bonnie Sturgeon of Berwick, New Brunswick enjoys making this delightful salad during the summer. Tomato, cucumber and sweet red pepper are tossed with macaroni and herbs, then coated in a creamy fat-free mayonnaise dressing. Serve it as a light lunch or as a side dish with your favorite meat for supper.
Nothing says summer quite like a cool pasta salad with loads of vegetables! Best of all, this recipe calls for frozen vegetables, so it's perfect when you don't have time to slice and dice fresh produce.
Presented in a sand pail, this festive salad features a zesty dressing that's simple to stir together. An assortment of pasta shapes resembles seashells while red and yellow peppers add color and crunch. For an extra-special touch, you could cut the peppers with a small star-shaped cookie cutter.
Pan sauteing the gnocchi eliminates the need to boil them, while creating a wonderful tasty crispy coating on them. The baby bellas lend a real earthiness to this Italian-influenced salad.—Fran Fehling, Staten Island, New York
When it comes to pleasing a crowd at a potluck, my change-of-pace pasta salad does the trick. The colorful medley combines pasta, veggies, cheeses and pepperoni for a refreshing and filling side dish that everyone is sure to love.
It’s hard to believe that tossing a few pantry ingredients with summer’s fresh best can yield such a lovely salad. Pair it with grilled lemon chicken for a light lunch. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California