HOW TO MAKE PASTA SALAD

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

ORIENTAL CHICKEN PASTA SALAD









ORIENTAL CHICKEN PASTA SALAD
....try this nice pasta salad recipe...!

Pasta Salad Recipe INGREDIENTS
SALAD:
  • 3/4 lb. Fusilli pasta
  • 3/4 lb. chicken breast, cooked, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 lb. pea pods, sliced diagonally
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
DRESSING:
  • 1 egg yolk, raw
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. Oriental sesame oil, brown
GARNISHES:
  • 1/4 c. mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 c. fried wontons (wonton skins cut in 1/4 inch strips, quickly fried in hot oil)
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted (saute in hot pan without any oil, until browned)
Pasta Salad Recipe INSTRUCTIONS
Boil pasta 10 to 12 minutes until firm but tender. Rinse, toss with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add remaining "salad" ingredients and chill.
TO MAKE DRESSING: Place first 5 "dressing" ingredients in blender or food processor and mix thoroughly. With motor running slowly, add the oils. Dressing should be thick (like mayonnaise). Chill dressing. Have garnishes ready.
TO SERVE: Toss salad with dressing, top with garnishes.
The pasta salad recipe of oriental chicken is ready to serve....great !

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CONFETTI PASTA SALAD










CONFETTI PASTA SALAD

...a nice pasta salad recipe...try this !

Pasta Salad Recipe INGREDIENTS
  • 1 box vegetable rotini or fusili
  • 1 can summer sweet kernel corn (drained)
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup graded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion (or to taste)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • **creamy Caesar, creamy Italian can be substituted
  • optional sliced black olives

Pasta Salad Recipe INSTRUCTIONS
Prepare pasta according to directions on box. Drain and run under cold water to cool pasta. Drain and add remaining ingredients.Serve.Tastes even better when prepared a day ahead. The pasta salad recipe of Confetti is ready to serve...enjoy this starters meal ! Nice one !

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ASIAN PASTA SALAD








ASIAN PASTA SALAD
...a great pasta salad recipe....try this Asian style !

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 lb box bow-tie pasta
  • 1 jar Ken's Steak House Asian Sesame Dressing
  • 1 pkg cherry tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS
Boil pasta according to package directions; drain. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and add to pasta. Stir in dressing, mix well. Chill before serving. The Asian pasta salad recipe is ready to serve...great !
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GARDEN PASTA SALAD WITH EQUAL

GARDEN PASTA SALAD RECIPE WITH EQUAL

INGREDIENTS
31% calorie reduction from traditional recipe.

  • 1 pound penne or medium pasta shells, cooked, drained, cooled
  • 1 large yellow or red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas, cooked
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup blanched sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful*
  • 2 teaspoons drained green peppercorns, crushed (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
Combine pasta, bell pepper, peas, green onions, snap peas and carrots in salad bowl. Blend mayonnaise vinegar, milk, parsley, Equal® and peppercorns, if desired.
Stir dressing into salad mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, 2 to 3 hours to allow flavors to blend. The pasta salad recipe is ready to make 10 servings. Great salad to taste !
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* May substitute 4 1/2 packets Equal® sweetener.

SEAFARER'S PASTA SALAD

SEAFARER'S PASTA SALAD
A nice pasta salad recipe to try !
INGREDIENTS
  • 4 ounces pasta, uncooked
  • 8 ounces crab surimi seafood chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped peppers
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
INSTRUCTIONS
Cook pasta according to package directions in large saucepan. Drain.
Combine remaining ingredients in large bowl. Stir together dressing ingredients. Toss with crab mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.Can be made a day ahead. The pasta salad recipe is ready to serve..enjoy it !

CHICKEN CAESAR PASTA SALAD RECIPE

CHICKEN CAESAR PASTA SALAD RECIPE
A nice pasta salad recipe to try !
INGREDIENTS
  • 3-4 chopped boneless chicken breasts
  • Caesar or Italian Caesar salad dressing
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • handful of cherry tomatoes (optional)
  • pimientos (optional)
  • 4 cups Rotel pasta noodles
  • 1 tsp. olive or vegetable oil

INSTRUCTIONS
Cook chicken breasts until they are tender and chop into bite size pieces.Cook Rotel noodles in boiling water for 7 minutes or until tender in water with oil.
Steam broccoli florets (over stove or in microwave) until slightly tender (do not overcook!).
Cut tomatoes in halves and wash thoroughly.
Mix noodles, chicken breasts, broccoli and optional ingredients (pimentos and tomatoes). Drizzle salad dressing until pasta is slightly covered and stir salad until covered in dressing.

Serve either chilled or warm, accompanied by a bottle with extra dressing at table.
Leftovers will keep in refrigerator for up to 4 days or can be frozen for a month or two. The pasta salad recipe of chicken caesar is ready...enjoy it !
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JULIE'S VEGETABLE PASTA SALAD

JULIE'S VEGETABLE PASTA SALAD

A nice pasta salad recipe to try !
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 lbs. tri-color rotini pasta
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 zucchini squash
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper
  • 2 cans whole black olives (small olives, preferably)
  • 1 lb. broccoli florets (optional)
  • 1 bottle Bernsteins Cheese Fantastico salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated
  • stick pepperoni, sliced (if desired)
  • black pepper
  • McCormick Salad Supreme (to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS
Julienne (slice into long thin square strips) the zucchini squash, carrots and bell peppers.
Cook pasta, according to directions, al dente. Drain, rinse with cool water.
In the meantime, prepare all cut vegetables and place in a large bowl.
Add 8 oz. of bottled dressing to pasta and gently mix to combine. Add 8 oz. of bottle dressing to vegetable mix and gently mix to combine. Add pepperoni to pasta if desired.
Combine vegetable mixture to pasta mixture and mix well.
Season with pepper, Salad Supreme and Romano/Parmesan grated Cheese...

For best results, do not use pre-grated cheese. Use only freshly grated cheese..and the pasta salad recipe is ready to serve....!

SICILIAN PASTA PESTO SALAD









SICILIAN PASTA PESTO SALAD ...try this amazing pasta salad recipe ! A nice one ....

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 lbs. ziti, penne, or other pasta, cooked
Pesto Sauce:
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnut or pine nuts (optional)
  • 4-6 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 anchovies, blended (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • dash of black pepper
  • salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
Place the olive oil into a small saucepan add the garlic, red pepper, grated imported Parmesan cheese and herbs and spices.
Crush the anchovies into the oil until blended. Bring to a simmer for 1 minute and immediately remove from heat.Pour this mixture over cooked hot pasta, stir well, and serve with bruschetta.
Can also be served at room temperature. This great pasta salad recipe of pesto is ready to serve. Enjoy it !

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Orzo Salad









Orzo Salad

Another great pasta salad recipe to try. Mint vinaigrette tossed with orzo, green beans, Kalamata olives, and tomato basil flavored feta cheese. Nice pasta salad !

Ingredients -
  • 6 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 3/4 pound Orzo
  • 1/2 pound Green Beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Tomato Basil Feta Cheese
Preparation:

1. Add extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, mint, oregano, salt and pepper to small bowl.
2. Whisk until well blended.
3. Cook orzo according to package instructions. Add green beans to orzo during last 5 minutes of cooking.
4. Drain orzo and beans in colander.
5. Add orzo and green beans to large serving bowl.
6. Toss pasta with Kalamata olives and dressing.
7. Fold in tomato basil Feta cheese.
8. Serve immediately or chill until ready to use.

The pasta salad recipe is ready to serve...nice ! Enjoy it !

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Black Bean Pasta Salad








Black Bean Pasta Salad

Try this nice pasta salad recipe of the South border style black bean salad. Consist of Penne or rigatoni pasta mixed with black beans, cheddar cheese, green onion, salsa, onion, avocado, green pepper, and seasoned with salt and pepper.... a nice pasta salad !

Ingredients -
  • 8 ounces Rigatoni or Penne Pasta, cooked, drained and rinsed in cold water
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar Salsa
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped Green Pepper
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 1 Fresh Avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pepper
Preparation:
1. Add pasta, salsa, black beans, cheddar cheese, green pepper, onion, and avocado to large serving bowl.
2. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Cover and chill 30 minutes before serving.
This great pasta salad recipe is ready to serve...enjoy it !

Salmon Pasta Salad

Salmon Pasta Salad

This great pasta salad recipe consists of Flaked Alaska salmon and fusilli pasta mixed with tomatoes, cucumbers, mozzarella cheese, parsley, and Parmesan cheese. Salad is tossed with Greek style lemon vinaigrette....great taste !

Ingredients -
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounces) can Alaska Salmon
  • 8 ounces Fusilli Pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cups sliced Cucumber
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped Parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Lemon Dressing:
  • 3/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dill Weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated Lemon Peel
  • Black Pepper, to taste
Preparation:

Pasta Salad:
1. Drain salmon and flake with fork.
2. Add salmon, cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, Mozzarella cheese, parsley and Parmesan cheese to large serving bowl.

Lemon Dressing:
1. Add olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic, dill weed, lemon peel, and pinch of black pepper to small bowl.
2. Whisk until well blended.
The pasta salad recipe is ready to serve....enjoy it !

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Thai Shrimp Pasta Salad

Thai Shrimp Pasta Salad
This amazing Thai shrimp pasta salad recipe consists of shrimp and roasted peanuts mixed with greens and tossed in a garlic, ginger and fish sauce highlighted dressing. Great tasty salad !

Ingredients :
  • 2 ounces Uncooked Linguine
  • 1/2 cup shredded Carrot
  • 8 ounces Medium Shrimp, cooked and peeled
  • 1 cup thinly sliced Boston Lettuce Leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Unsalted, Dry-Roasted Peanuts
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Green Onions
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add pasta to boiling water. Cook 9 minutes. Add shredded carrot. Cook 1 more minute.
2. Drain pasta in colander. Allow pasta to cool.
3. Add pasta with shredded carrot, cooked shrimp, Boston lettuce, fresh cilantro leaves, and dry roasted peanuts to large bowl. Toss to combine.
4. Add limejuice, fish sauce, cilantro, green onions, sugar, vegetable oil, fresh ginger, and garlic cloves to jar. Secure tight fitting lid. Shake to blend dressing.
5. Pour dressing over pasta salad. Toss to coat. The pasta salad recipe is ready to serve. Enjoy !

Try also this great baked asparagus eggs recipe...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Mock Crab Pasta Salad

Try this nice pasta salad recipe...the Mock Crab Pasta Salad ! Amazing !
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 c. Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing
  • 1 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. cider vinegar
  • 1 med. green pepper, chopped
  • 3 to 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 med. onion, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 lb. imitation crab meat, cut or flaked
  • 1 lb. pasta ((your choice)
  • Black pepper to tasteCook pasta

Directions:
Cook pasta according to pkg. directions, do not overcook, rinse with cold water, drain. Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate at least 2 hours...and the great pasta salad recipe is ready..great one !

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Fruit & Pasta Salad

Try this amazing fruit pasta salad recipe...nice !

Ingredients:
  • 1 med. orange
  • 1/4 c. plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 c. tiny bow tie pasta, cooked & drained
  • 2 med. apples, cored and chopped
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onions
Directions:
Finely shred enough orange peel to make 1/2 tsp; set aside. Remove the remaining peel from orange and section orange over a bowl to catch juice. Measure 2 tbsp of the juice. In med. mixing bowl, stir together orange peel, 2 tbsp juice, yogurt, sugar and salt. Mix well; add cooked pasta, chopped apples and slice green onions; toss to coat. Gently stir in the orange sections. Cover and chill fro 2 to 24 hours. The nice pasta salad recipe of fruit is ready for 6 servings....amazing taste of salad !

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Fruit & Pasta Salad Recipe

FRUIT PASTA SALAD RECIPE
Ingredients:
  • 1 med. orange
  • 1/4 c. plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 c. tiny bow tie pasta, cooked & drained
  • 2 med. apples, cored and chopped
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onions
INSTRUCTIONS
Finely shred enough orange peel to make 1/2 tsp; set aside. Remove the remaining peel from orange and section orange over a bowl to catch juice. Measure 2 tbsp of the juice. In med. mixing bowl, stir together orange peel, 2 tbsp juice, yogurt, sugar and salt. Mix well; add cooked pasta, chopped apples and slice green onions; toss to coat. Gently stir in the orange sections. Cover and chill fro 2 to 24 hours. The nice pasta salad is ready for 6 servings....amazing taste of pasta salad recipe !

Mexican Pasta Salad







Try this great pasta salad recipe...Mexican style !

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb. any short pasta, like penne
  • 1 cp. corn kernals
  • 3 minced scallions
  • 1 cp. chopped bell peppers (try and make it colorful)
  • 1 1/2 cps. cooked kidney, pinto, or black beans
  • 1 cp. chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 sliced Spanish olives
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • pepper and salt, to taste
  • lowfat chedder cheese, grated (optional)
  • salsa (optional)

Directions:
Cook pasta to al dente (about ten min.) in boiling water. During the final two minutes, add corn. Drain the corn and pasta, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
Combine scallions, bell peppers, beans, tomatoes, olives, olive oil, lemon (or lime) juice, cumin, pepper, and cilantro in a large bowl. Stir in the pasta and the corn. Add salt to taste. Serve
immediately or chill for later. Add a little cheese and/or salsa to each serving if so desired. Great pasta salad recipe Mexican style is ready to serve..nice one !

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Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

















Try this great Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe...nice one !

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups shell macaroni
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced celery
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, mashed up
  • 1/2 cup Hellmanns Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

INSTRUCTIONS
Cook macaroni until al dente. Hard boil the eggs. Drain the pasta well and let cool. Add tuna, breaking up any chunks. Add celery, onion, carrot. Mix salad dressing with lemon juice, garlic salt and paprika. Spoon over top of salad. Mix very lightly. Add the mashed eggs and again stir lightly. And the great pasta salad recipe is ready to serves 6 great persons...enjoy !

Ginger Peanut Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
  • 8 oz. corkscrew macaroni or fine noodles
  • 20 fresh pea pods (tips and stems removed)
  • 1 small cucumber (quartered lengthwise and sliced)
  • 2 medium carrots (cut into long thin strips)
  • 1 medium yellow and/or green sweet pepper (cut into thin strips)
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup bias-sliced green onions
  • 3 Tbsp. snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1 recipe Ginger Salad dressing (below)
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts
Ginger Salad Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp grated ginger root
  • several dashes hot pepper sauce
Directions:
Cook pasta according to package directions. During last 30 seconds, add pea pods. Rinse with cold water and drain. Combine pasta and veggies. Add Ginger Salad dressing and toss gently to coat. Cover and chill for 2-8 hours. To serve, toss salad and sprinkle w/ peanuts.
This nice pasta salad is ready..enjoy it !