Today I have for you an excellent summer side dish: Easy Pasta Salad. This Easy Pasta Salad is just as described: EASY! It couldn’t get easier than this. Only a few ingredients, minimal cooking and prep, and delicious taste. Easy Pasta Salad is a great side dish for any BBQ or party and anyone can make it!
Hello! How are you?! I have been SUPER busy the last couple of weeks so I have been MIA on here. Sorry! :) I was on vacation at the beach on lovely Long Beach Island, NJ, then my wonderful parents came for a visit, and then I had to get back to work and sort through dozens of emails and my LONG to-do list.
The beach was just what I needed! It started off overcast and rainy but then turned to clear, sunny days. I enjoyed a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, where I drank more ocean water than I realized was possible. I then spent the rest of my time on the sand, under an umbrella :)
We enjoyed delicious meals, including grilled pork tenderloin with my fresh Peach Cherry Salsa,
mini golf, yummy seafood restaurants,
card and board games (I’m the reigning ‘Sorry” champ – won three times in a row!),
old-school arcade games and shopping!
I’m want to buy a beach house just so I can decorate it with all the cute beach-themed decor I saw! :P
A day after I got back from the beach, my parents came to visit and we checked out a Phillies game and went on a marathon shopping trip for my new apartment that I’ll be moving into in a few short weeks. Big shout out to my Dad for allowing us to drag him up and down every aisle in Target, Marshall’s, Pier 1, and Ikea… and then for fixing all the damage done to my current apartment so that I can stand a change of getting my security deposit back.
(A word of advise to you renters out there: when you buy those hooks and velcro picture hanger thingies for your wall, make sure you get the Command brand ones that have the little pully thing on the sticky so that they easily come off and you don’t rip paint and parts of the sheet rock when you later remove them.) This is what I’m talking about. Please excuse all of my technical talk :)
Anywho, I hope everyone else is enjoying their summer. I can’t believe there are only a few weeks left! Hurry up and make this Easy Pasta Salad for your end of summer BBQs and Labor Day get togethers! It’s the perfect side dish. Or just make it at home for yourself or your family, like I did!
Tri-Color Rotini Pasta (or any pasta of your choice)
8 oz Cheddar Cheese block
Bell Pepper (I prefer red, yellow, or orange)
Wishbone Italian Dressing
Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package. Once it is cooked and the water drained, allow pasta to cool. You can leave it out to cool or put it in the fridge. I let mine cool in the strainer for about 15 minutes and then put it in the fridge.
While the pasta is cooking and cooling, prepare your other ingredients. Simply shop one 8 oz brick of cheddar cheese, a stick of pepperoni (you can also use sliced pepperoni but I think chopping up the stick makes the salad look nicer and they are easier to stab with your fork!), and a bell pepper.
Once pasta is cool, add in most of the cheese, pepperoni and bell pepper. Mix it all up and decide if you want to add more of the ingredients. Add Italian dressing. You will notice I did not specify an amount. Add enough to lightly coat the pasta and ingredients, mix it up, and taste it! You can adjust the amount to your liking.