Italian Pasta Salad

"This is a delicious salad that has lovely colors, for a nice presentation line the serving bowl with whole lettuce leaves, plan ahead the pasta/veggie and Italian dressing mixture needs to chill for at least 6 hours --- the amounts I have listed are just a guideline you may adjust to taste, if you are serving a crowd I would suggest to double."
 
Italian Pasta Salad created by Julie Bs Hive
Ready In:
6hrs
Ingredients:
15
Serves:
8
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ingredients

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directions

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse the cooked pasta under cold water; drain again then place the cooked pasta into large a bowl.
  • Add in tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers and green onion or red onion and Italian salad dressing; toss to mix then cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight mixing a few times during chilling (the Italian dressing acts as a marinade).
  • After 6-24 hours chilling time drain any excess water or juice from the tomatoes and mushrooms that has accumulated in the bottom of the bowl (there might be no juice at all).
  • Add in the cubed mozzarella cheese, ham and olives; toss with a spoon.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the with mayonnaise and parmesan cheese until smooth and combined; add into the salad mixture; toss to combine.
  • Season with freshly ground black pepper and salt if desired (to taste) .
  • Transfer to a lettuce-lined bowl.
  • Place the egg wedges around the bowl.

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  1. Kathy I C
    We loved it! Didn't put peppers in it, just a personal thing. I was too lazy to boil eggs also. Will make it again soon with eggs.
     
  2. Julie Bs Hive
    Italian Pasta Salad Created by Julie Bs Hive
  3. Julie Bs Hive
    Except for omitting the peppers I made as directed for the KITTENCAL cook-a-thon.
     
  4. CoffeeB
    I too have made this to honor our beautiful Kitty and as a tribute to DH John and his passing from this world to be with our Heavenly Father. This was made to bring to a family Christmas gathering and was such a festive looking salad for display. I doubled the recipe as suggested for larger groups, and also used diced up summer sausage for the meat of choice. I chose to omit the eggs. The flavor combinations here are very rich and intense with the ingredients being oh-so-good for you. A sure keeper!~ Thanks for another lovely Kitty recipe~
     
  5. Merlot
    As I was making this pasta salad, I was thinking of the wonderful lady who submitted it. Although we have never met personally, I've gotten to know her through our z-mails. Kitten is a valued member here who has contributed so much to the success of this site. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family over the loss of her dear husband. This delicious salad is full of flavor, textures and beautiful colors making a beautiful presentation. We particularly loved the cubed ham and mozzarella in it. I could make a meal out of just this salad. Thanks for sharing ANOTHER one of your great recipes, Kittencal.
     

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