Every time I make this salad I seem to get compliments so I thought it would be a good one to share! It’s proven to be a crowd pleaser and can be modified to fit your preference.
The main two things that you’ll need are
• Girard’s light champagne dressing (I think this is what makes it so good!)
The toppings that can be used are
- Mini bell peppers
- Sliced black olives
- Artichoke hearts
- Chicken (try the already cooked balsamic vinegar and rosemary chicken from Trader Joe’s)
I usually add some pepper and a little Tajin on the avocado.
It’s healthy, delicious, and easy to make! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Believe it or not, I have never made pasta salad before…. Nor have I ever really enjoyed eating it. I would see a bowl of it occasionally at the table for different holidays but ignore it because it probably had tomatoes in it…. Which I hate if you didn’t already know that. I know hate is a strong word. But. Yeah. I stand by it.
Anyway, I figured I would give it a shot. I kind of just threw a bunch of stuff together but it turned out pretty darn good!
Here’s what you’ll need!
- Tri-color pasta
- About 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 3.8 oz can of sliced ripe olives
- 8.5 oz can of quartered artichoke hearts
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1-4 red onion
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 avocado
- Feta cheese
- Tajin and garlic salt (yes I know, I use this on just about everything)
- Salt and pepper to taste
First make the pasta…
Boil water add a pinch of salt, toss those little guys in there and cook them till they’re soft. When they’re cooked, drain the hot water and run some cold water over them to cool them down.
While your noodles are boiling, go ahead and chop the cucumber, bell pepper and red onion.
When the pasta is finished cooking put it back in the pan and drizzle some olive oil over it.
Find a large bowl and start to mix everything together. Pasta, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, artichokes, olives and avocado. Also add tajin and garlic salt.
Drizzle some more olive oil OR use a light salad dressing and mix it in.
Top it off with some feta cheese, salt and pepper and enjoy!