I was really looking forward to trying this one, but we just thought it needed something! More veggies probably. Maybe some pepperoni... I did add about a cup of fresh broccoli. I thought some cucumber would be good too. There was just to mach mayo for me. Especially with the residual Italian dressing. I would say go ahead and add add add whatever you've got in the fridge! I also had a strange urge to throw on some chow mein noodles half way through eating it (which is odd because I've never even had them in the house) Could use a little more crunch in my opinion. Worth a try, but just not for us as is. Thanks Marie!
I was looking for an easy, light pasta salad for dinner. I was tiring of the usual mayo based salads. I came across this post and thought I'd give it a try. I left out the mayo and didn't have any motz cheese, but it turned out to be very appealing and just what I was looking for. Thanks for the post! Thumbs up!
from reading previous reviews, I cooked 3 cups of dry pasta (tri colored rottini). Added the salad dressing amount but only 1/2 cup of mayo. I used cubed old cheddar cheese, added cucumber and used tomatoes I cut up (with all the rest of the ingredients listed in the recipe) It turned out perfect. I was only able to let it marinate for an hr and it was still great...the next day was awesome too!! I'll be making this one again for sure! (I also left out the carrots because I didn't have any).
Less the urge for the chow mein noodles, I agree with Nikoma. I mostly doubled this for a party - adding broccoli, and diced fresh mushrooms. I omitted the mozzerlla and substituted sharp & colby cheeses. I let the cooked noodles marinate in italian dressing over night per instruction and there was really no dressing to drain prior to final prep. Not really sure if mayo is even necessary for this salad but added anyway. I like mayo (Hellmans with olive oil brand) but I will Definately cut back on the amount of mayo called for next time. All in all, the salad got rave reviews and it really is very easy to make.
I really liked this recipe. Used this recipe as more of a guideline, then following the directions exactly. Omitted the black olives, also didn't put as much mayo as the picture. It was very good though, and I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing! Regards.
Took this to a BBQ yesterday and everyone loved it! I added artichoke hearts and used chopped, seeded whole tomatoes instead of cherry (what I had) and whole black olives instead of sliced (so those who didn't like them could eat around them!) Excellent recipe--I'm not crazy about most pasta salads, but this one is full of flavor! Thanks Marie!
We loved this! I had friends over for a cookout and we had steak on the grill, potato salad and this salad. We ate till we hurt :) I plan to serve this a lot this summer! D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!
delicious! I didn't have peppers and I skipped the olives but it was still really really good. thanks for sharing!
Excellent! I received many compliments when I made this for a private school potluck. I will definitely be making it again.