This pasta salad is great (and easy) for the 4th or any summer gathering. Everyone loves this. Even those who don't usually like pasta salads!
1 cup uncooked colorful spirals
1 cup bowtie
1 cup shells
1 cup penne or other pasta
Cook the noodles to al dente (overcooking will cause a soggy salad). When the noodles are done, rinse them under cold water for a few minutes to remove the starch. Let them drain while you chop whatever veggies you have. Here is a list. You can use any or all or anything you like.
grape tomato (unchopped)
ripe olives (sliced or whole)
green, red, orange, yellow peppers
cauliflower (strong, so use only a little if you use it)
Cubes cooked chicken makes it a nice dinner salad (serve it with a fruit cup!)
Toss chopped vegetables together and add to pasta in a large bowl. Add the dressing about 1/2 hour before you plan to serve it.
1 bottle Ranch dressing
1 bottle Italian dressing
1 cup sugar
It is helpful to make a full batch of dressing so you will have enough even if you have to sip it from time to time. Mmmmmmm