Simple Pasta Salad

I am looking for a plain pasta salad recipe. Just with the tri-colored pasta, some type of salad dressing, and some parmesan? Does anyone have a very plain recipe?

Thanks,
Snowbells from New Jersey

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

How about your pasta and parmesan, mixed with italian dressing or garlic oil and vinegar?

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

I agree with the previous poster. Chill some pasta, add italian dressing, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. I like to add croutons to mine.

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

I just make up some tri-colored pasta, and use Good Seasons Italian Dressing on it. top with some grated parm cheese. Awesome! I think I will make some now! lol

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

Ranch dressing with bacon bits added to cooked pasta and parm is good too.

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

If you want something a little different, but still simple try this: instead of Italian dressing, mix half and half vinegar&oil dressing with pesto and top with feta cheese instead of parmesan. If I have a few minutes I'll also add some chopped zucchini and left-over chicken, but it's great even without the extras.

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

Whenever I make pasta salad I'm never sure how it's going to turn out. Sometimes I use pasta tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. Other times I use pasta, maybe some tomatoes, olives, onions. It just depends on what I'm in the mood for.

The only thing I consitently use is italian dressing.

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

Hi. You will not want to believe it, but THE absolute best dressing for pasta is found at Dollar General. It's called Zesty Italian and it is $1 a bottle. I didn't believe it either, but try it! It's delicious! My favorite pasta salad is rotini, green peppers, carrots, onion, green olives, parmesan and hard salami. Pour on the DG dressing and let it sit for a couple hours. Stir and enjoy. Sometimes I make it with just the pasta and the green olives with the dressing and parm -- I love the saltiness of the olives. Boy, now I'm hungry!!

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

My recipe --

1 box rainbow spiral pasta, cooked

1 tomato chopped

1 onion, sliced

1/2 cucumber, chopped

1/2 green pepper, chopped

Black olives, sliced

1/4 cup Parm cheese, grated

1/2 bottle Italian dressing

Combine ingredients, let stand overnight. Before serving, add a little more dressing if it is too dry!

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

this recipe actually won a free dinner at a local ponderosa type buffet.

It is simply the dressing you'd use for potato salad

mayo, mustard, pickle relish, a little vineagar.

Add to cooked , rinsed pasta anything you would put in a vegetable salad, except the lettuce. Cukes, radishes, tomatoes, onion, pepper, celery, celery seed . even pimento adds color and flavor. The longer it sits the better it is. Enjoy, Ceil

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

The trick to my pasta salad is the RED onion cut up VERY small!!!!

Gives it an awesome taste........along with everything else.........!!!

Cindy

Louisiana

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

"An easy, yet very yummy pasta salad. Almost any type of pasta may be used. Best if left to sit overnight."

Original recipe yield: 12 servings.

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

12 Minutes

Ready In:

30 Minutes

Servings:

12 (change)

INGREDIENTS:

* 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked rotini pasta

* 1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian salad dressing

* 2 cucumbers, chopped

* 6 tomatoes, chopped

* 1 bunch green onions, chopped

* 4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

* 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 12 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

2. In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with the Italian dressing, cucumbers, tomatoes, and green onions. In a small bowl, mix the Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning, and gently mix into the salad. Cover, and refrigerate until serving.

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April 19, 20060 found this helpful

pasta salad that we love is ;

olive oil, red wine vinegar and italian spices

we add crumbled feta cheese and small cherry tomatoes then small pieces of pepperoni cut up

it goes fast when I make this

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April 19, 20060 found this helpful

My sister tells me she makes it with bottled Italian salad dressing and whatever she has in her refrigerator. She uses up all the leftover veggies. It can include peas, olives, cucumbers, etc. This is how she cleans out her refrig in the summer.

For a change, why not try it with mayo or salad dressing and tuna, etc.?

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April 19, 20060 found this helpful

Get some Salad Supreme in the spice dept. It is a mix of spices. Cut up tomatoes, cukes and cauliflower if you like. Sprinkle about 1/2 bottle of the Supreme on these and let sit overnight. Then in the morning mix the veggies, do not drain, with the cooked noodles and pour Zesty Italian dressing over all. Delicious!

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April 19, 20060 found this helpful

I use Good Seasons Italian dressing and add whatever veggies I have. Will work great with just the pasta and parmesan!

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April 20, 20060 found this helpful

thanks for all the great ideas!!!!!!!!!

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April 25, 20060 found this helpful

Suggestion: Instead of using parmesan cheese that comes in a can and is finely grated, use cheese cubes. I had it once and it was fabulous.

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May 2, 20060 found this helpful

use the tri colored pasta cook and cool pasta add cherry tomatoes cut in half, diced cucumbers black olives green olives,cubed motz cheese, add bottled Italian dressing and mix well just before serving add your parmasan cheese this is an easy salad and every one loves it I make it for partys and pot luck dinners it is alway a hit Hope you enjoy

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November 20, 20070 found this helpful

I add Artichoke hearts to mine...mmmmmm

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