Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This recipe has been around in my family for quite sometime. Its always a crowd pleaser. I pretty much always keep the ingredients on hand because its a easy last minute side dish addition to any menu.Pasta Salad

1 pkg colored, spiral pasta, cooked, drained, rinsed, cooled
1 pkg dry powder ranch salad dressing mix
1 bottle Wish Bone Italian dressing (trust me on this one & don't try other brands)
1 jar/can sliced mushrooms
1 can sliced blk olives
1 sm jar sliced green olives

Sprinkle dry ranch over cooked pasta and stir to coat. Add olives and mushrooms. Pour Italian dressing over a little bit at a time. It will taste strong at first, but once the pasta soaks up the dressing it will mellow and may even require more dressing. Taste best if made a day in advance. Serve cold.

Optional ingredients:

Purple onion
Red bell pepper
Sun-dried tomatoes
Artichoke hearts
Yellow squash
Cherry tomatoes
Any or all of these are great additions, if I have, I add it.