Tuesday, July 30, 2013


This recipe is one I use all the time for camping, work potlucks, and family events- because it is super easy, and everyone loves it! It isn't fancy or complicated, and is ready in 3 quick steps. It's a vegetarian dish that is a crowd pleaser even for meat-eaters!
 What you'll need to make it happen *serves a ton of people:
- 1 box bowtie pasta
- 1 container Light or Fat Free Italian Dressing
- 1 can large pitted black olives (cut into rings)
- 1 large red bell pepper (cut into bite sized pieces)
- 2 cups broccoli (chopped small)
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (asiago works too!)
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
-1 teaspoon black pepper

How to make it happen:
I know that looks like a lot of ingredients, but what makes it easy is that you can pretty much throw it all together, mix, and be good to go.
Step 1: Cook your pasta as directed on the box. Drain and set aside to cool.
Step 2: Once the pasta has cooled down a bit mix in your dressing, veggies, and cheese. 
Step 3: Mix in your spices and enjoy!

Keep refrigerated until you're ready to enjoy it- and add an extra sprinkle of cheese when you serve it, just for looks :) 

 If I had to guess, this recipe would probably make 9-10 servings if served as a side? I know that using the dressing is a total cheat-move, but like I said- the purpose of this recipe is to be FAST & EASY!

What recipe do you have that you "cheat" in?
I might have to steal your tricks of the trade!

xo, lp


  1. That looks delicious! Pasta salad is one of my favorites things to make. It's so easy to take to work for lunch. I'll definitely be trying this!

  2. I loooveeee cold pasta salad–but only when it's tossed in Italian dressing, NOT mayo. This looks delish!

  3. My latest go-to recipe is a cold Corn Salad. It is AMAZING. 2 cans of whole kernel corn drained, 1 green bell pepper chopped, 1 red onion chopped 1 cup of light mayo, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and 1 10 oz. bag of Chili Cheese Frito's. All you do is mix the first 5 ingredients together, cover and chill. Right before serving mix in the Frito's (I crunch mine up) and serve. This stuff is awesome. I also think you could lighten it up by subbing greek yogurt for the mayo. It's delish!

  4. Great recipe for summer entertaining, Gina! Thanks for sharing. It was so nice to meet you at BlogHer this past weekend. pasta salad.

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