Pasta Salad For Leanne Recipe @pinch

Want a slightly different pasta salad for summer parties? This recipe is a cross between a classic macaroni salad and an Italian pasta salad. We enjoyed the slightly tangy dressing that's made by combining Italian dressing and mayonnaise. Chunks of cucumber add a little crunch and freshness. There are pops of sweetness from carrots and a little bite thanks to the sweet onion. This is a very simple pasta salad to enjoy in warmer months. Perfect for all your summer cookouts. My niece always makes a request for my pasta salad and it has become a family favorite. Flavorful and not too heavy.

pasta salad for leanne
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Recipe Cuisine: American Recipe Category: Pasta Yield: 6 Servings
Ingredients :
  • 1 pound(s) pasta of your choice (I like Barilla Mezza Rigatoni)
  • 1 cup(s) mayonnaise (light is nice)
  • 1 cup(s) italian dressing (something with a robust flavor)
  • 1/3 cup(s) shredded carrots
  • 2 stalk(s) celery, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup(s) sweet onion, minced
  • 1/2 - thin cucumber, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper or to your taste (truthfully, I never measure)
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Italian seasoning, or to your taste (again, I don't measure)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) parsley
Intructions :
  • Cook pasta el dente per package instructions
  • Drain and rinse pasta with cold water
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a large bowl combine mayo, Italian dressing, black pepper, Italian seasoning, and parsley. Let sit
  • Prepare your veggies and add them to the dressing
  • Add pasta to the bowl containing the ingredients. Stir well. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. ~Enjoy
  • OK: Please bear in mind that this is not a recipe I measure for. Please adjust to your tastes if something sounds like too much or too little. For the mayo/Italian dressing mix, I just try for equal measures.

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