Tuesday, July 1, 2008

K.I.S.S. Pasta Salad

I have never really been a fan of pasta salad but for some odd reason I had the bells of summer ringing in my head and they kept telling me that I needed to make pasta salad. I am glad I did because this was something pretty easy to throw together that will keep for days in the fridge and be great for snacking over the 4th of July holiday.

Summer is definitely in the air today. It was so beautiful outside and this light tasting veggie packed pasta salad really hit the spot for my friend and I when we stopped to eat lunch on our walk through the park with her 6 month old and my dog.

K.I.S.S. Pasta Salad
(AKA - Keep It Simple Stupid, Pasta Salad)
Source: Amber's Delectable Delights

1 box bow-tie pasta
1 bottle zesty Italian dressing
1 zucchini
1 cucumber
1/2 head cauliflower
1 cup carrots
1 block (8oz) pepper jack cheese
For good measure - salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and 1 teaspoon dried parsley.


1) Cook pasta in boiling salted water, per package directions.
2) Meanwhile, pour the entire bottle of dressing into large bowl. Dice up all of the veggies and cheese and place them in the bowl with the dressing, stir to coat.
3) When the pasta is done place it into an ice bath to stop the cooking process and cool the pasta.
4) Place the cooled pasta into the bowl with the cheese and veggies. Add parsley, and salt and pepper to taste, and mix well to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Jessica said...

I love a nice simple pasta salad in the summer. Something about it is so refreshing. Great job!

Anonymous said...

YUM! I LOVE simple pasta salad. Looks so good.

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Great pasta recipe and pic to go along with it!

That Girl said...

I love pasta salad without mayo!

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

i love pasta salad like this! and is the name an Office reference, perhaps? :)

Cassi said...

Since when do you like Zucchini and Cucumber???? EEEEEEW

I bet dill pickle's would have been better in this! :) HAHA