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Healthy and Easy Recipe for Pasta Salad

What an easy dish this is to prepare. Requiring very few ingredients and the minimum of effort, this salad is great for any occasion, whether you are feeding a crowd, making something simple for a hungry family, or catering for a buffet table. In fact, this is an easy recipe for pasta salad which is suitable for even the least experienced home cook. There is no need to visit an Italian restaurant when you fancy a pasta salad. Instead you can make it yourself at home.

Your family will love this and ask for more because the flavor is so simple yet so great. The soft pasta and mushrooms contrast beautifully with the crunchy bell pepper and onions, and the parmesan adds a distinctive Italian flavor. Italian dressing is the obvious dressing to use here, although you could use sour cream or mayonnaise if you prefer a creamier result.

Feel free to adapt the recipe. You could add some fresh herbs, perhaps basil or cilantro, or maybe some fresh or sundried tomatoes, or even some chopped mozzarella, chopped fruit or olives. The only rule with this easy recipe for pasta salad is everything must be bite-size, so it is easy to eat. Also, if you are using anything moist like pineapple chunks or sundried tomatoes, blot these ingredients on paper towels first.

Taste of Italy Pasta Salad Recipe
Summary: Fusilli pasta blends with green and red bell peppers, parmesan, onion, mushrooms, and Italian dressing. The result is this flavorful pasta salad which the whole family will love.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8
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  • 10 oz fusilli pasta
  • ½ chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan
  • ½ finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • ¾ cup Italian dressing
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste (optional)
  1. Cook the fusilli in boiled salted water until soft.
  2. Rinse it under cold water and drain.
  3. Stir the pasta with the bell pepper, parmesan, onion and mushrooms, in a bowl.
  4. Pour enough dressing over the pasta to coat.
  5. Add salt and black pepper if necessary.
  6. Toss well, then refrigerate until chilled.

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Making an easy recipe for pasta salad is something every home cook should learn how to do, because this is such a versatile dish. Serve it as a side dish, as a meal in its own right, as a snack, or serve it family-style with plenty of other goodies. Use your favorite kind of pasta and simply cook it in salted water until it is al dente (soft but not mushy) then drain and toss with chopped veggies and your favorite salad dressing. It could not be easier to prepare a simple pasta salad, and everyone loves the flavors and textures it offers.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

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