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Layered Summertime Salad

 Layered Summertime Salad
Luscious layers of pasta and veggies make up this super summer salad that can be made ahead for warm-weather picnics and deck parties. It makes enough to feed a crowd.—Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas
16 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 2 cups uncooked gemelli or spiral pasta
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 4 cups torn romaine
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small
  • bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar and garlic powder;
  • set aside. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; toss with onions and
  • half of the bacon.
  • In a large salad bowl, layer half of the romaine, pasta mixture,
  • peas, cauliflower, broccoli, red pepper, mayonnaise mixture and
  • cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Cover and
  • refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 186 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.