Pasta Salad is a quintessential part of summer.
Pasta salad goes great at any backyard barbecue, picnic dinner or even at the beach
(AND it's also an excellent "morning after" meal (for when those summer nights don't seem to end before the next day begins!)
I love this pasta salad because it's quick, fresh, colorful and I tend to have all the ingredients on hand.
1 lb of a curly noodle pasta (I use farfalle)
10 baby carrots (sliced and cut in to bite size pieces)
1 yellow bell pepper (seeded, sliced, and cut into bite size pieces)
1 small cucumber (sliced and cut into bite size pieces)
1 cup of your favorite Italian dressing (I use Kraft Roasted Red Pepper)
10 grape tomatoes cut in half for garnish
Prepare pasta according to label.
While pasta cooks, cut and slice vegetables. After pasta cooks rinse in cold water and place in large bowl. Add chopped vegetables (except tomatoes) and Italian Dressing. Mix thoroughly and add tomatoes. Place in fridge to chill for at least an hour!
(oh! If you haven't heard I'm hosting a Virtual Stella and Dot Trunk Show! Go show off some new jewelry and pasta salad at your next summer event!)