Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Easy Pasta Salad

One of my goals for the 100 Days to a Better Me challenge is to eat more fruits and vegetables. I found a recipe for Easy Pasta Salad from I Heart Naptime that I wanted to try.

The original pin looks so colorful and healthy; and I thought it would make a hearty lunch or side dish for dinner. It makes enough for 10-12 servings, so I made only half a recipe. Even half a recipe could make more than enough for a meal.

Easy Pasta Salad that I made.

The recipe was indeed easy to make. It has a mild flavor, perhaps due to my choice in Italian dressing. I think a zesty Italian dressing would be a bit better to give the salad more flavor. Nonetheless, I would make this recipe again. The combination of fresh vegetables, olives, and chick peas was delicious.


11/2 boxes rotini noodles or penne pasta (I used tri-color/flavor rotini)
1 bottle Italian dressing
1 red bell pepper
2 cup cherry tomatoes
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
2 cups chick peas (I used ones that were canned)
1 purple onion
1 cup olives, optional (I included these and cut each olive in half)
Cheese, optional (I didn't include cheese)


Cook noodles according to package. Drain and rinse under cold water. Slice vegetables and combine with pasta in a large bowl. Pour Italian dressing over the top and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can also top with cheese.

1 comment:

Rita said...

That does look yummy! :)