Thursday, July 09, 2009

My Best Ever, Kick Arse Pasta Salad Recipe

Since I literally just whipped this up yesterday afternoon, do everything to your taste ~ I have no precise measurements!

cold mini pasta bow ties (half box)
chopped green olives
chopped cukes
diced red onions
chopped mushrooms
diced peppers (red, green, yellow, orange)
crunched up bacon (12 slices)
halved cherry tomato's
halved small mozz. cheese balls
diced roasted red peppers
a few healthy hand fulls of shredded parm. cheese

Toss well

garlic powder
white pepper
fresh ground pepper
parsley flakes
basil flakes
a generous helping of grated parm. cheese
a couple of cap fulls of balsamic vinegar
a few heaping cap fulls of red wine vinegar with garlic
less than a cap full of extra virgin olive oil
2 tables spoons spicy brown mustard

Wisk until well blended, then pour over the salad and mix until everything's coated. Keep in the fridge until serving time.


Brandie said...

sounds delicious. i love pasta salads.

Lizzi said...

Definitely on my to make list. Thanks for sharing it.

Brenda said...

Sounds good. I am going to try with a slight moderation b/c i dont think I have all those veggies, but the dressing definitely sounds yummy

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Jo, where are you in 'coastal NJ'? I love it least where we used to vacation when I was younger. My early years were spent in Wildwood at the beach 1wk out of the year. Then later, we went to Sea Isle City and I really like it there. I like this salad, it sounds refreshing for a summer day. I miss being near the ocean. I don't think we'll even get a beach vacation this year:-( Have a great day! Jan

Lit and Life said...

We are having this tomorrow night! You definitely have some twists I haven't seen before which sound great.

Jo said...

Thanks Chicks! I hope it turns out well for ya's!

Thanks Jan! I'm over a hundred miles north on the Jersey Shore from Wildwood! For me, Sandy Hook is the best place on the Jersey Shore, followed by down in Cape May. We live minutes from Sandy Hook.

upfitcreek said...

Mmmm. Sounds yummy!

Mandy said...

This does sound good. I might add a little bit of pepperoni because I love it in pasta salad!! Mmmmmm!!

Jo said...

Thanks Katie!

PEPPERONI! Mandy I am SO glad you mentioned that! My mother and I used to get the best pasta salad while I was growing up from a local deli (in Red Bank) that was amazing and we've never been able to replicate the taste and now I know why! There was pepperoni in that pasta salad.