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  • Serves: 8 Servings

Ultimate Pasta Salad

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Category: Salads, Pasta

 Ingredients List

  • 1 lb Pasta; * see note
  • 8 oz Italian salad dressing
  • 1 c Sliced ripe Kalamata olives
  • OR green olives w/pimientos
  • ---Garnishes---
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • (whole) Olives
  • 1 lg Tomato; seeded & chopped
  • Fresh parsley sprigs
  • ---Herb Garlic Mayonnaise---
  • 1 1/2 c Mayonnaise; or less
  • 2 tb Olive oil
  • 2 tb Red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c Chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Cloves Minced garlic OR
  • 1/4 ts Garlic powder
  • 2 tb Chopped green or red onion
  • 1 tb Snipped fresh basil OR
  • 1 ts Dried basil
  • 1 tb Snipped fresh oregano OR
  • 1 ts Dried oregano
  • 1/2 ts Freshly ground black pepper


* Spiral, mostaccioli, or vermicelli suggested.

Begin the salad the day before serving. Cook pasta, drain, rinse with cold
water and drain again. Toss with commercial Italian dressing and olives.
Cover and chill overnight. Since the dressing may not cover all the mixture
may be put in ziplock plastic bag or tilt bowl to mix a couple of times
while marinating. About 8 to 12 hours before serving combine ingredients
for Herb Garlic Mayonnaise. Discard any excess Italian dressing from pasta,
then mix pasta thoroughly with mayonnaise. Cover and chill. To serve, line
platter or oval bowl with lettuce leaves, turn out pasta. Top with Parmesan
and garnish with whole olives, chopped tomato and parsley. Serves 8 to 10.

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