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Tricolor Pasta Salad Recipe

Tricolor Pasta Salad Recipe

To accompany the sandwiches, serve Tricolor Pasta Salad from Lorraine Darocha of Berkshire, Massachusetts. Pretty pasta spirals and convenient frozen veggies are tossed with a light dressing to make this colorful medley. "For vegetarians, you can add protein-rich chickpeas or beans to make it a main dish," Lorraine recommends.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen California-blend vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 to 1-1/3 cups Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, optional

Directions

  • 1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, place vegetables in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave at 50% power for 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 minutes or until thawed; drain. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. In a bowl, combine the pasta, vegetables and olives.
  • 2. Combine salad dressing and garlic salt if desired; pour over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 345 calories, 13 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 599 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein.