One of my favorite things to do is share an easy and inexpensive recipe with you. This easy summer pasta salad is perfect for a night where you need a quick meal. It is also a great side dish for a potluck barbecue. My family loves it and I know you will too!
What you will need:
- 1 box of pasta (we like a 16 oz box of rotini)
- 1/2 – 2/3 bottle of greek salad dressing (we like Ken’s Simply Vinaigrette)
- 1 cucumber
- 1 green pepper
- 1 box cherry tomatoes
- 1 small can sliced black olives
- 1 4 oz container of feta cheese
- 1 package of mini pepperoni (optional)
The first thing you will do is boil the pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is boiling, I chop the green pepper, cucumber, and tomato. I like to cut each tomato into quarters, but you can cut them in half if you prefer.
Once the pasta is done, I drain and rinse in cold water. I then add it to a large bowl, so it will be easy to mix.
Next, you will add all of the chopped veggies to the pasta and lightly toss. If you like a lot of veggies, you can use more than what I listed above. You can also try different colored peppers as well. Once the veggies and pasta are mixed, it is time to add the olives and feta cheese. You can also add the pepperoni, but I did not have any on hand when I made this batch. Lightly toss all of those ingredients until mixed well.
The last step is to add the dressing and honestly, this is all about personal preference. I prefer to use about a half bottle because I don’t like a lot of dressing. My husband prefers to use about two thirds of the bottle of dressing. My suggestion is to add the dressing in small increments and stir until you get it just the way you want it.
And there you have it! This easy summer pasta salad makes a great side dish and is also great to eat alone. Especially, if you add the pepperoni. I hope you will give it a try and tell me what you think. Enjoy!