Sweet Colorful Party Pasta Salad

"This was an attempt to replicate a pasta salad from one of my favorite restaurants. It actually came out better, according to those who compared them. You can add your favorite ingredients. I have never made it with garlic, but included it in the recipe anyhow."
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  • Start boiling water for pasta and cook according to package directions.
  • While water is heating, you can proceed with the next step.
  • In a skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat, and add all of the sliced bell peppers, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. Set aside to cool.
  • Drain pasta in cold water for a couple of minutes, until cool.
  • Place in a medium-sized Tupperware-type container and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine cider vinegar and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Then mix in olive oil and vegetable oil.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the pasta.
  • Then mix in all of the bell peppers, black olives, pimientos, sliced sun-dried tomatoes, and chopped celery.
  • Add to taste: dash of onion powder, salt, basil leaf, oregano, and minced garlic (if desired).
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour. Best if refrigerated over night. Sometimes pasta will absorb the dressing, so you may want to add a little extra vinegar and oil before serving.
  • Note: You can adjust the amounts of sugar, vinegar, and oil to your desired taste.
  • Enjoy.

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  1. I really love this recipe! It's light, sweet and flavorful without being overpowering. Adding the seasonings to taste after combining all the other ingredients first makes this a easy recipe to adapt to individual preferences. Mine was a little different because I didn't have pamentos; and because I love onions, I added some thinly sliced red onions to the bell peppers and sauted them together. Very good!!!


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