Monday, January 9, 2012

What's for lunch?

Today I thought I'd share a favorite of ours, Pasta Salad.  This has always been a hit among my family as well as my daughter's volleyball teams.  It is quick and easy to make, and lasts a few days in the frig.

We've made this two ways-starting with a box mix, Suddenly Salad Classic, or with bagged tri-color pasta and our own dressing.

Simply boil the pasta according to directions, drain and rinse with cool water, and drain again.  We like ours with an Italian type vinegrette (you can control the calories if you choose your own dressing).  Our favorite toppings to mix in are mozzarella chunks (in a pinch I'll cut up string cheese), pepperoni (the minis work great, but since our daughter cannot have nitrates/nitrites the brand we buy we have to cut up), and black olives.  We've made it with cut up chicken as well.

It is a hearty lunch or makes a great side dish.  It has always been a crowd pleaser and is super simple.


Anne said...

This looks delish! We are all big fans of pasta over here and such an easy meal to prepare! Have a lovely week:)

Morgan said...

I love pasta salad! And the Suddenly Salad is awesome! I like to add feta cheese. =)

natasha {schue love} said...

I LOVE pasta salad!! This looks super yummy and easy too! Thanks for sharing!

Bring Pretty Back said...

I have a bag of tri colored pasta in the pantry! I will make some tonight for dinner!
Thanks for the idea!
Have a pretty day!
p.s. YES! I know- easy to abandon yourself when you are home ...
guilty here too..