Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Italian pasta salad

This is yet another recipe that started out in $5 dinner mom's book.  I love that book for ideas but somehow always manage to change the recipes somehow or another.  This one started as a chicken pasta salad with a homemade vinaigrette, (named summer pasta salad) but it used Italian style diced tomatoes which made me want to give it an Italian spin so it became a pepperoni pasta salad with Italian dressing.  I really liked it the way we made it.


  • 1 package (16 oz) bowtie (or other) pasta
  • 1/2 package sliced pepperoni, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can (15 oz) Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup light Italian dressing
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.  Rinse with cool water.  
  2. Combine noodles with remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Can let set for a while to allow flavors to blend or serve right away.

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