There’s something you should know about me…I love creamy! Creamy dressings, sauces, and desserts. I can’t explain it, I was just born this way. So this Italian Pasta Salad is my favorite side dish!
I have made variations of this salad since high school. Of course back then, I was using a box! Yes folks, a box 😛 Does anyone remember Suddenly Salad? My sister-in law still teases me about the first time I was at their house and they were making dinner. Someone asked if I wanted to start the potato salad…..”Sure, where’s the box?” was my response. You need to remember, my mother is not big on cooking.
I think I have made up for it now, don’t you? Look at me all grown up and publishing a blog about cooking of all things! I’m sure my mother is still mortified. I was supposed to grow up to be a doctor or the president, not a stay at home mom living in Iowa! Funny how things turn out 😉
I didn’t really have a recipe when I made this salad last week. I usually just throw stuff together in a bowl until it looks right….the normal way we all do it! So this is 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 cup Italian dressing…..
very creamy, not enough flavor. So tonight I went with 1 cup dressing and 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, and it was perfect…..
it’s funny how you don’t realize how much you use, until you have to stop and measure! This salad is also delicious with mozzarella cheese pearls and diced salami 🙂
So in addition to all of the social media that I have been trying to learn, I have also started learning about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). As I am typing in my recipes and posts, there is a box at the bottom of the screen prompting me to write in a way that is easiest for search engines to read. As I do things correctly, the red No turns into a green Yes 🙂 It’s kind of like filling in the blanks in a puzzle. When I am finished and my post is published, I see a green light on my toolbar…..
cool huh? In theory, my website will be easier for people to find based on the keywords that have been used. The easier it is to find, the more people will come and visit me 🙂 Of course now I have to go back and play with the other 109 posts to get the green light on those as well! It’s hard to believe that I have already written 112 posts!!!
Italian Pasta Salad
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||12 minutes|
|Total time||27 minutes|
|Meal type||Side Dish|
- 1 Pound pasta (cooked, drained - I used Barilla Cellentaini)
- 1 Medium zucchini (sliced thin, cut into half circles)
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup sliced olives
- 3 green onions (chopped)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (chopped)
- 1 cup Italian dressing (I used Newman's Own Oil & Vinegar)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- sea salt & fresh ground pepper (to taste)
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese pearls (Optional)
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