Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pasta Salad--Fast and Frugal Summer Meal

Pasta Salad is so light and refreshing on a summer day! Not only is it quick and easy to prepare, but, with minimal ingreedients, it's frugal as well! Here is the Vega family's favorite recipe:

Summer Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives and Salami

1 lb. garden rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions, drained, and set aside

1 large tomato, chopped

1/2 c. sliced ripe black olives

1 c. italian salad dressing (we use Kraft Tuscan Italian, or make our own--both are good)

hard deli salami, cut into chunks (use as much or as little as you like)

sprinkling of grated parmasean cheese

Combine all ingreedients in a large serving bowl; refridgerate for at least two hours prior to serving.

***Variations: you can replace the salami with cold, grilled chicken breast, white cannelini beans, garbanzo beans or grilled shrimp or scallops.

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