Spring Pasta Salad

This is one of my favorite salads to make. It is so easy and pretty to look at.  I often take it to church functions or potluck dinners.  I always get asked for the recipe.  So I thought I would share it with all of you so you can look like rock stars the next time you need to take a salad somewhere.

Doesn’t it look like spring in a bowl?  Okay here is the recipe.

1 16 oz. box of bow tie pasta.
1 large bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing (I use Kraft, but you could use your favorite)
Veggies of your choosing

Yep, that’s it. Here’s what you do.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  While pasta is cooking chop vegetables.  For the salad in the photo I used,  3 large carrots, 2 small zucchini, 1 large yellow squash, 3 stalks celery, 3 spring onions, and 1 large red bell pepper.  You want to chop vegetables into small bite size pieces. Put all chopped veggies into the bottom of a large bowl.

 Pour 1/2 the bottle of dressing over the veggies.  Drain pasta, while it is still hot put it in the bowl over the veggies.  Pour 1/2 of what is left of the dressing over the pasta and stir it all together.  Be gentle you don’t want to break your bow ties.  Eat and enjoy.  Sometimes the pasta will really soak up the dressing and you will need to add what is left. It is up to you and how saucy you like your salad.

I have tried all types of veggies in this.  The only thing I have found that doesn’t work in it is mushrooms.  They get very rubbery.  I haven’t tried it, but I think feta cheese would be fantastic.  You can serve it warm, chilled, or room temp. I think it is best slightly chilled.  I hope you give it a try.

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  1. Oh, this looks great. And who doesn’t want to look like a rockstar? 😉

    Pinning this my recipe list… though your delicious-looking veggies will not go over well with my carnivorous husband. Oh well, that’s the beauty of such a versatile recipe, right – substitution is always OK? I like your suggestion to add cheese!

  2. Oh yum, this looks great and easy enough to make. What a surprise that it’s only three ingredients. We don’t have the yellow squash here yet,….mmmmm,….I wish, I wish. 🙂

  3. This looks delish — I am going to pin it to save for later 🙂

  4. That looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  5. This looks so good and it’s making me hungry!! I love easy to make things like this-thanks so much for sharing at this week’s Tutorial Tuesday!

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  6. This looks so good, and better yet so yummy! I’m always looking for a recipe that’s kid friendly, and this one looks great.
    I saw this posted at Tip Junkie and loved it, and I’d be happy if you’d come link it up at my *Get Creative* party this week!
    Hope to see you there

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