Monday, June 11, 2012

Italian Pasta Salad

Well, my friends, next week I'm cooking at girls' camp again!  So you might be hearing about that adventure soon!  Today, I'm posting a recipe we'll be making up there for one of the lunches. I've been making this easy pasta salad for a long time and it's changed a bit from time to time but it's held pretty steady for awhile a now :)  It's got lots of veggies and the sauce is very easy to make.  My girls wont touch potato salad and many other picnic type salads with a 10 foot pasta salad is always my go to.  It's also a great recipe for a large group because it makes a ton for a pretty small price.  And that's why it's going to girls' camp with me!

Italian Pasta Salad
1 box tri-color rotini pasta
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 large cucumber, chopped
1 can olives, sliced or chopped
1 cup slice pepperoni (optional)
1 cup italian dressing
1 cup mayonaisse

Cook and drain pasta.  Rinse cooked pasta in cold water.  Add fresh vegetables, olives, and pepperoni (if desired).  In a separate bowl whip Italian dressing and mayo together until smooth.  Pour dressing mixture over pasta and veggies.  Toss until well coated.  You can play with the amount of dressing and mayo until you get it to the consistency your family likes. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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