Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pasta Salad

New favorite salad. Easy to make and a great way to feed a crowd :)

3 cups pasta (I used bow ties, you can also use penne, rotini, medium shell macaroni, etc)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp seasoned salt
3 cups vegetable (I used chopped celery; sliced carrots, sliced zucchini or squash, peas are optional)
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 cup halved grape/cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion or sliced green onions
1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
2 tbsp snipped basil
1 cup Italian dressing (or balsamic vinaigrette, caesar dressing)

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain. Rinse with cold water, drain. In a large bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Add pasta, toss to coat. Cover and chill for a couple of hours.
Add vegetable, cheese, tomatoes, onion, olives and basil to pasta. Add salad dressing, toss to coat.

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