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Tricolor Pasta Salad

 Tricolor Pasta Salad
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.
6-8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

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

  • 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.
  • Combine salad dressing and garlic salt if desired; pour over salad
  • and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
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.