I made this salad up when my sister called and said "lets BBQ at your house tonight!" and I responded "OK, I'll make a side dish". I wanted a pasta salad, with some vegetables in it, and I didn't want to go shopping, so everything in this dish was something I had on hand. Feel free to make subsitutions, according to your own tastes and what YOU have on hand when you need to make it. The only ingredients that I think are key are the pasta- use a small shape instead of a long noodle, and the oil-vinegar mix. Use whatever seasoning mixes are your personal favorites, I've listed the ones I used to give you an idea. The dressing may look really oily when you first mix it with the pasta, but the pasta will absorb a lot as it sits in the fridge, so don't worry. Chilling time is not included in prep or cooking time.