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    Summer Picnic Pasta Salad

    Summer Picnic Pasta Salad. Photo by MarieRynr

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    Total Time:

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    20 mins

    10 mins

    10 mins

    Kozmic Blues's Note:

    This delicious sweet and tangy pasta salad is just bursting with color. It's made with very little mayo, which makes it good for outdoor gatherings. Feel free to substitute 1 cup of any vegetable that you prefer (mushrooms, cucumbers, zucchini, or tomatoes all work well too)

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    Ingredients:

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    Dressing

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Blanch broccoli and asparagus in boiling salted water, and plunge into ice bath to stop cooking.
    2. 2
      Cook pasta until al dente.
    3. 3
      Rinse with cold water and drain.
    4. 4
      Toss pasta with chopped vegetables.
    5. 5
      Mix first 5 ingredients of dressing, and slowly whisk in oil.
    6. 6
      Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    7. 7
      Toss dressing with pasta and vegetables.
    8. 8
      Chill until ready to serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 10, 2013

      55

      Phenomenal salad!!! We had this as our main dish but would be delicious with BBQ meat. I used regular penne pasta to which I added thinly sliced red onions, cherry tomatoes, celery stalk and green olives. I also added blanched green beans and broccoli. Used brie cheese. For the dressing I reduced sugar to 33g and oil to 87ml. Turned out really well. Thanks for posting.

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    • on February 08, 2009

      55

      I sauteed the vegetables in some of the olive oil. There is no need to add more than a 1/4 cup of sugar. This pasta salad is outstanding. Thank you.

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    • on August 29, 2006

      55

      I made this today exactly as required in the recipe, using fresh asparagus, broccoli, red peppers and olives. I opted to use mild cheddar cheese, which I cut into small cubes rather than shredding it. I also didn't have any Mozzarella so I didn't use that. I thought the dressing was very reminiscent of honey mustard. I would like to make this again using a larger variety of vegetables. Thanks for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Summer Picnic Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (121 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 343.3
     
    Calories from Fat 146
    42%
    Total Fat 16.2 g
    25%
    Saturated Fat 2.5 g
    12%
    Cholesterol 3.1 mg
    1%
    Sodium 82.3 mg
    3%
    Total Carbohydrate 43.7 g
    14%
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    8%
    Sugars 14.2 g
    56%
    Protein 6.3 g
    12%

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