the art of Pasta Salad ❤️

Pasta salad that’s gluten free (if you want) and pretty for when you put it on the table or pull it out of your picnic basket.

This recipe is a great starting point to a lifetime of creative pasta salad art – switch out any of the ingredients for YOUR favorites, add cheese or meat (or don’t) and still have the best Pasta salad ever.

Let’s do this!

what you need

large bowl
large pot to boil


1 pkge spiral pasta (340 grams) gluten-free or not
1/4 cup red onion, thin slice
1/2 cup green onion, thin slice
1/4 cup roasted red pepper
1 can artichoke hearts
1 tomato, seeded and sliced
1/2 cucumber diced
black olives to taste

2 cups Italian Dressing:
> mix together in a mason jar the following
3/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp mayo
1 tbsp each garlic powder, onion powder, dry parsley and sugar
2 tbsp oregano
1 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp thyme leaves
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp celery salt
2 tbsp salt

this is how we do it

BOIL pasta to al dente instructions. RINSE and DRAIN
SPRINKLE with vinegar and set aside to COOL
ADD all the chopped goodness and 1 1/2 cups of the dressing.
MIX well, COVER and place in fridge for flavours to meld together

After an hour or more she’s ready. If the pasta has absorbed the dressing than add in enough to get it to your liking.

She’s good like this, at the lake, alongside some sinfully saucy ribs corn on the cob and some garlic naan bread.
You could add some parmesan or nutritional yeast and some feta cheese and basil, that wouldn’t suck.

If there happens to be leftovers (hahahahahaha) add in some chicken or tuna for a fun and satisfying lunch.

What else would I add hmmm:
peas, shredded carrots, broccoli, green onions, shredded cheddar, red pepper…

When you make the dressing make double of the dry ingredients and keep on hand for a ready to go Italian sauce or spice – you have all the stuff out right?

If you decide to buy Italian Dressing, I would suggest Newman’s Own dressing,
I read all the ingredients and I would say Paul has managed to create a shelf stable dressing that doesn’t make me sad cause its all filled with questionable ingredients.
Plus he donates proceeds to charity so yay Paul on the continuing legacy!

noooo I love YOU more!

Let’s keep the good times going shall we?
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