Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Make It Now: Zesty Veggie Pasta Salad


I totally made up the name of this pasta salad, don't mind me.  But it really is zesty and full of veggies and best of all, it's so good.  We've been eating it all. summer. long - usually with grilled meat and watermelon, yum - so I can't believe it's taken me this long to share.  Something about a cold salad when it's hot outside is just right.  

Ingredients
1 box Farfalle noodles
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
10 oz. can of sliced olives, drained
1 cup Kraft's Zesty Italian dressing
1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
Cracked pepper to taste
Optional: pepperoni 

Directions
Cook the noodles al dente.  In the mean time, chop up all veggies and drain olives.  Add to bowl.  

Once noodles are finished cooking, drain and rinse with cool water.  Combine in bowl with veggies.  Add dressing, parmesan cheese, and pepper (more is always better, in my opinion).  Mix well.  

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.  And enjoy!

**Make sure to share your favorite version below - I'm always looking to try new ones, and we all know it's going to be hot out for at least another month (or longer for you Southern ladies!)

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32 comments

  1. Love this as a side!! Anything with olives and I'm sold!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Hey, whether you made up the name or not it still sounds (and looks) amazing! I love a good cold pasta salad for summer!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. Soo, I get out of work at 4:00 today... I'll be right over! Haha. Looks delicious. I would definitely make this either just for me and Chris or for a party. Thank you for sharing and I hope that you are having a great day so far!!

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  4. This looks like it has all my favorite things in it... so I should probably try it.. .yes? I think yes!

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  5. Looks great! I just picked up a brown rice pasta from Trader Joe's, this looks like it would work perfect with it.

    xo, Carly - soak and simmer

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  6. Yum, I love pasta salads in the summer! I'll have to try that dressing on ours next time!

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  7. im making pasta salad this week! i love to make it and have it sit in the fridge for a day so all the ingredients really soak up the dressing :) :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  8. Yum! We always use feta or cheddar chunks but I love the idea of the shredded parmesan.

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  9. So good! Definitely saving this to try, I love me some pasta salad!

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  10. I could eat this every day.
    The wedding we were at this weekend had this with cocktail shrimp in it.... YUM!

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  11. Yummy, this looks delicious and PERFECT for summer.

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  12. I make pasta salad with the same dressing, but I need to add the olives and parm! YUM!!!

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  13. Pinning this! I don't love olives but adore everything else so definitely making this!
    xo Southern Style

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  14. YUM! Love that you made up the name, it doesn't even matter when it's that delish! Perfect for summer and eating outside :-D

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  15. I love pasta salads like this! I'd definitely be adding in some turkey pepperoni, I can't get enough ;)

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  16. Yessss...pasta salad in the summer is THE BEST! I could eat it over and over and over. We always use the Kraft Italian dressing too. I've been doing a lot of pesto with bow-tie noodles too and just capers. So good.

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  17. Yesterday with the fried chicken and today with the pasta salad...I'm going to have to wait until after I've eaten before I read your posts:) This pasta salad looks delicious and super quick to make.

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  18. Pasta salad is my FAVORITE!!! I love bow ties, and I always use Newman's Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing!

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  19. That looks SO good! I'm with you on loving pasta salad in the summer!

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  20. I am all about the carbs right now! This looks delicious!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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  21. i know i'm weird, but i really don't like cold pasta haha. i would totally eat this heated up though!

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  22. Pasta salad is one of my favorites, I am so going to have to try this! It looks delicious!!!

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  23. Oh yumm this looks amazing and I love how quick and easy it is to whip together!

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  24. Yum! I love easy weeknight meals! Ill have to try it soon!

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  25. This looks so yummy! I love pasta salad but definitely don't make it enough... I need to try this ASAP :)

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  26. I've never been a big pasta salad fan, but this one looks so good and not super heavy with weird sauce or dressings (my biggest fear, haha).

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  27. Oh man I'm totally gonna make this, it sounds so delish and I loooove cold pasta's during the summer. Thanks for the recipe!

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  28. Red onion would be amazing in this!!

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