Most pasta salad is very "American" and full of fatty things like mayonnaise. By adjusting a few ingredients and adding some yummy veggies, you can transform your salad and have a healthy addition to your outdoor summer party menu!
In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Perky Pasta Salad. This is a salad made with cooked rotini, combined with mushrooms, green onion, red & green bell peppers, and Parmesan cheese, and flavored with Italian salad dressing and freshly ground black pepper. It is colorful and tasty, and it can be used as a complete meal or as a side dish.
You Will Need:
*2 1/2 cups pasta, uncooked (I used rotini pasta.)
*1 teaspoon salt water, for cooking pasta
*1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
*1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
*1/2 cup - 1 cup Italian flavored salad dressing (I think 1/2 cup makes the salad a little bland, and that a full cup makes the salad zestier)
*1/4 cup sliced green onion tops
*1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
*1/2 green bell pepper, washed, seeded, and cut into 3/8-inch strips, cut in half
*1/2 red bell pepper, washed, seeded, and cut into 3/8-inch strips, cut in half
Step 1: Prepare and cook the pasta
Fill a medium to large pot half-full of water, and bring it to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 1/2 cups of pasta. Bring back to a boil, and cook the pasta until al dente (chewy, not mushy), about 8 minutes.
Step 2: Add vegetables and spices
Drain, and rinse well with cold water. Add 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms, 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, 1/2 to 1 cup of Italian salad dressing, 1/4 cup sliced green onion tops, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste), 1/2 green pepper, cut into strips, and 1/2 red pepper, cut into strips. Toss well.
Cover and chill until ready to serve (This salad will taste better if allowed to chill at least 1 hour.) Serve in individual salad bowls.
Want to master Microsoft Excel and take your work-from-home job prospects to the next level? Jump-start your career with our Premium A-to-Z Microsoft Excel Training Bundle from the new Gadget Hacks Shop and get lifetime access to more than 40 hours of Basic to Advanced instruction on functions, formula, tools, and more.
Other worthwhile deals to check out:
- 97% off The Ultimate 2021 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle
- 98% off The 2021 Accounting Mastery Bootcamp Bundle
- 99% off The 2021 All-in-One Data Scientist Mega Bundle
- 59% off XSplit VCam: Lifetime Subscription (Windows)
- 98% off The 2021 Premium Learn To Code Certification Bundle
- 62% off MindMaster Mind Mapping Software: Perpetual License
- 41% off NetSpot Home Wi-Fi Analyzer: Lifetime Upgrades