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    Good Times and Noodle Salad (Pasta Salad)

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    Just Mandy's Note:

    This is a line from the movie "As Good As It Gets" where Jack Nicholson says some people have good childhood memories of going to the lake and noodle salad. This easy Italian-ish pasta salad is sure to accompany my families good times. I serve it warm with Italian Sausage for dinner or cold for picnics. Makes a great left over. All the measurements are approximate, use what you have on hand and as much as you like.

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    • 1 (16 ounce) box rotini pasta (the garden rotini with red green and yellow pasta makes the best presentation)
    • 12 ounces Italian dressing (homemade or store bought)
    • 1 cup cucumber, cubed
    • 4 roma tomatoes, cubed (use canned whole tomatoes in the off season)
    • 1 cup black olives, sliced
    • 1/2-1 cup cheese, cubed (I like Colby Jack)
    • 3 green onions, chopped


    1. 1
      Cook Pasta according to directions.
    2. 2
      Carefully toss in half of the Italian dressing.
    3. 3
      Toss in the rest of the ingredients.
    4. 4
      Pour the rest of the Italian dressing over salad.
    5. 5
      Serve warm or cold. Cold salad is best the next day.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 15, 2010


      Made this for a potluck at work. Everyone RAVED! I am not a fan of bottled Italian Dressing, but everyone else seems to be, so that's what I used. Great combination of flavors. I think putting the dressing on the warm pasta really makes this salad sing. I made some at home using a homemade balsamic vinagrette. It was not as pretty as the one I took to the potluck, but it was delicious! Thanks for the great recipe, Mandy :)

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    • on September 19, 2008


      Sounds fantastic!

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    • on May 16, 2007


      Great pasta salad! I'm usually not one for pasta salads, but this was great. I made it for a baby shower and it was a great success. I would use a zesty or spicy Italian dressing. I used the regular and it needed a little kick. I added some balsamic vinegar and a little Japanese 5 pepper spice and it was delicious.

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    Nutritional Facts for Good Times and Noodle Salad (Pasta Salad)

    Serving Size: 1 (172 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 516.3
    Calories from Fat 198
    Total Fat 22.0 g
    Saturated Fat 4.5 g
    Cholesterol 6.0 mg
    Sodium 1231.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 67.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
    Sugars 7.6 g
    Protein 12.7 g

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