Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Picnic Pasta Salad

This was my daughter's request for our picnic with her friend from school.  It's fresh and pretty!  It can be eaten as a side dish, or as a main dish, as we did today.  Feel free to add chopped grilled chicken.  It's also good with well-rinsed black beans tossed in!

Picnic Pasta Salad

1 lb. pasta (any shape will do)
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1/2 c frozen sweet corn
1 handful black olives, halved
Salad dressing  (I like Italian, my daughter prefers Ranch.)

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain, and rinse under cold water.  Drain well.
Mix vegetables and pasta together, then drizzle dressing over top.  Stir to combine.  Chill at least two hours.

*Before serving, stir the pasta salad.  If the pasta isn't wet enough, add more dressing.
*I like to add a handful or two of raisins or dried cranberries as well.  Trust me, it's yummy!

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