Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pasta Salad Recipe

Once the weather starts warming up, we eat Pasta Salad almost every week. I came up with this simple recipe many years ago and have been making it ever since. I love making a large bowl and having it for lunch or as a side dish with dinner. I'm also known to eat it for breakfast. :) It's also great to take to a picnic or barbecue. The best thing about making this pasta salad: it only takes about fifteen minutes from start to finish. It is also inexpensive to make if you purchase the ingredients when on sale or free.


1 bag or box of noodles
Kraft Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
Fresh Veggies of your choice


Cook noodles as directed on package. I used a package of Wacky Mac noodles because they were free after coupon at my local grocery store.

While the noodles are cooking, cut up fresh veggies. Today, I used tomatoes, cucumber and green pepper. I've also used the following ingredients in the past: fresh broccoli, onion, squash, and zucchini. You could also add pepperoni to spice it up a bit.

Drain the noodles.

Combine noodles, veggies and zesty italian dressing. I use about 8 ozs. (half of the bottle pictured below) of salad dressing. You may want to add more--depending on how many vegetables and noodles you use. For best results, I refrigerate it for the day or overnight so the flavor is absorbed into the vegetables and noodles.I made this entire bowl of pasta salad for approximately $2.51. Here is a breakdown of the cost:

Wacky Mac Noodles: FREE after coupon
Kraft Salad Dressing: .05 cents (half of a 16 oz. bottle discussed HERE)
1 cucumber: .99 cents
1 tomato: .72 cents
1/2 green pepper: .75 cents

I'm linking this post to Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlem.


KCShipe said...

Oh man, my little brothers LOVE pasta salad. They would eat it for every meal if they could. Funny thing though, they only eat the pasta & Italian dressing :p Any idea how to get the ten and under set to eat the veggies too?

Staci said...

This stuff is SOOOO good! I am coming up next time you make it; so be prepared :)

Lisha said...

I freaking LOVE pasta salad. Hubby likes it with meat and cheese though. A little more expensive taste on his part lol lol. :) LOVE it :)

Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Thanks so much for breaking down the cost/coupons with us. It's great for people to see what a deal this can be. :)Thanks for sharing it at Tasty Tuesday.

Staci said...

I just made this and can't wait to try it! YUMMY! You have been talking about for a while and keep not bringing it so I have been CRAVING this!