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Garden Pasta Salad Recipe

This salad includes not only garden vegetables but pasta too. It is a great side dish to any meal.—Bernard Bellin, Franklin, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral or cartwheel pasta
  • 3 cups assorted chopped fresh or frozen vegetables
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) zesty Italian salad dressing, divided
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken, turkey or ham
  • 1 cup cubed cheddar, mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • Minced fresh parsley or basil, optional

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain but do not rinse. Return pasta to the pan; add vegetables and toss. Cover for 3-5 minutes. Vegetables will lightly steam in pasta.
  • 2. Place pasta in a large salad bowl. Top with three-fourths of the dressing and lightly toss. Chill several hours or overnight.
  • 3. If pasta is dry, add remaining dressing along with meat, cheese, olives, and parsley or basil if desired. Chill until serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 422 calories, 29 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 1,128 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.