Simple Tasty Pasta Salad

Simple Tasty Pasta Salad

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agirlygirl (OClancy) 0

"I wanted to try something different from the average pasta salads I've had. So I decided to experiment and thankfully everyone loved it! Feel free use more or less of any of the ingredients according to your palate."

Ingredients 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 678 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 678 kcal
  • 34%
  • Fat:
  • 23.4 g
  • 36%
  • Carbs:
  • 96.6g
  • 31%
  • Protein:
  • 21.3 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 1548 mg
  • 62%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Rinse pasta with cold water until cool; drain.
  2. Combine cooled pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, green bell pepper, red onion, and black olives in a large bowl.
  3. Pour Italian-style salad dressing over the pasta mixture; toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle bacon bits and cranberries over the salad to serve.
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Jodie Helgeson
5/26/2012

Delicious and fresh tasting....I actually dumped the bacon bits and cranberries in while chopping the veggies not realizing they were to be added at serving time and they taste great! So far I haven't used the whole bottle of dressing just in case it get's to be too soupy. It would be very good with any oil/vinegar based dressing and easy to use fat free to save calories...if one feels they must. I will like to eat this for several meals in the warm weather. I think I'll also make it for the next pot-luck. I think cubed jarlsberg cheese would be really tasty in this salad if you wanted to add a little protein.

Baking Nana
5/13/2012

The bacon and the cranberries add a nice touch to this pasta salad.

Netters8178
8/31/2012

I omitted the cranberries and added tiny cubes of mozzarella and substituted the bacon for sliced, hard, quartered slices of salami. Wonderful results. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Mangia!