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I made this salad for an end of the year faculty school luncheon. It was gone in a flash. Great color and great taste. I will be making this again. Thank you. PatinOgden
I honestly don’t care very much for pasta salads, but this one is fabulous. I’ve made it on several occasions, with great results every time. For the Italian dressing I’ve used Newman’s Own light.
Made for the Carter Family Reunion years ago. I used smoked almonds and regular cheese as that is what I could find.
This makes a beautiful and very eye appealing salad to take to picnics. It makes a very large amount, but the leftovers are delicious (refrigerated) and you can eat for several days. Just to cut down on a few calories, I use a lowfat or fat free Zesty Italian Salad dressing and there is no difference in the great flavor. Be sure to let the salad marinate in the dressing for a minimum of two hours! I have been making this salad for years. It's always a winner wherever I take it!!!
I wanted to take this to our family fourth of July picnic. So, I made it before to test my husband and son. I used both yellow squash and zucchini. I cut down on the dried red pepper to 1/4 tsp. as my family are all wimps when it comes to the heat. I also used half red pepper and half green pepper cut up. I did leave out the almonds,tarragon, oregano and basil. I used the dill, though. And, instead of the italian dressing, I made up a pkg. of Uncle Dan's Buttermilk Ranch and used that. I used some of the tri colored pasta twists and some of the plain ones. This is a very good recipe to use as a base for a pasta salad. My husband and son liked it and I am always looking for different pasta salad recipes to try. Thanks so much for posting this one! The ingredients are colorful and the flavors all blend well together!
loved this salad and will definately make again. Tried it with family first, it was a big hit, I will now make it at many of my potluck opportunities, thanks for the wonderful recipe.
It was pretty good,I am not a big fan of pasta salads but, this one I could eat...I used bowtie pasta &( had no squash or smoked cheddar, red peppers, almonds), but did used left over chicken & reg. cheddar cheese w/ small diced sweet onions added to give it more body to the pasta, also I used less italian & spinkled olive oil w/ salt & white pepper. Every one had seconds. Thanx