California Pasta Salad

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READY IN: 1hr
SERVES: 16-20
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Boil rotini. (Package directions will indicate 8-10 minutes. My family thinks 'al dente' translates to 'raw', so I cook the pasta 4 or 5 minutes longer, until it tastes tender.).
  • Drain pasta; rinse well with cold water.
  • In a very, very large bowl, mix cooled pasta with zucchini, cucumber, sweet peppers, onion and olives, if desired.
  • Stir in tomatoes. (I use a slotted spoon. That way, you get a little juice, but not an overwhelming amount. If fresh ones are in season, even better, of course!)
  • In a small bowl, mix grated cheese with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, celery seeds, paprika and garlic powder.
  • Sprinkle seasoning mixture over pasta; stir well.
  • Pour Italian dressing over all, stirring well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. (Actually, I find this hits its' 'peak' at 48 hours. Stays good for several days after that, but finally begins to get mushy.).
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