Summer Pasta Salad

Good morning!
I hope you had a great holiday weekend. I say~~let summer begin! I’m ready!

 We had a cookout at my Dad and stepmother’s house yesterday and I took

this delicious pasta salad.

It’s an easy and perfect side to all your cookouts during the summer months.

Summer Pasta Salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked tri-color spiral pasta
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 1 bottle Italian-style salad dressing (I use half of the bottle)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Directions:
  1. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water until al dente. Rinse under cold water, and drain.
  2. Mix black olives, cucumber, tomatoes, and onion together in large bowl.
  3. Combine cooled pasta and vegetables together in large bowl.
  4. Pour Italian dressing over mixture, add Parmesan cheese and mix well.
  5. Chill for one hour before serving.

This pasta salad was a hit with my whole family. You could also add green pepper, celery,

carrots or anything your family would like.

I love family get togethers and cookouts during the summer months. There’s nothing

better than spending time outside on a warm summer evening.

Last night was beautiful outside and I had fun taking some pictures of Colt Allen.

He doesn’t always cooperate because he’s wanting to get into everything these days

but I did get a few shots.

Colt Allen’s first Memorial Day……..

I soaked up some Colt Allen time. He gives the best kisses………

Some monkeys (my nephews) in a tree. If there’s a tree, they will climb!

Did you all have any cookouts or picnics over the Memorial Day weekend?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed day!

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10 Comments

  • At 2012.05.29 10:45, Linda said:

    Thanks for the reminder that I need to make some Pasta Salad! Yours looks so pretty…and so yummy!

    • At 2012.05.29 10:47, Lori said:

      I love pasta salad, too! Yesterday I made a Greek variation and it was so good. I used the spiral pasta, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, red bell peppers, red onion, garbanzo beans and banana peppers (from the jar). I used the bottled Greek vinaigrette dressing and then sprinkled it w/feta cheese. It was delicious and something a little different. You could use almost anything in it! Thanks for sharing yours!

      • At 2012.05.29 10:59, Cyndi Spivey said:

        Oooh I’m going to try that Lori!! I love garbanzo beans and artichoke hearts. Yum!!
        Thanks for sharing that.
        Blessings,
        Cyndi

      • At 2012.05.29 10:56, Kathy said:

        Colt is a cutie and some cute monkies in the that tree too….

        • At 2012.05.29 14:05, Wanda said:

          I make that same salad but with pepperoni and shredded mozzarella. Almost like pizza…LOL. Glad you got to spend time with your grandson! They are such a blessing!

          • At 2012.05.30 11:55, Joy said:

            Thx for the recipe Cyndi! I love eating out on the deck and this would be a great addition to our suppers on the deck! Love the pics of that lil sweetie too…. and Traci’s lil’ monkeys! Have a wonderful Wed! lotsa love!

            • At 2012.05.30 13:58, Aretha said:

              I make this Pasta Salad all year round because my family loves it. I was going to make one for Memorial Day but I was in bed with a terrible headache most of the day.

              • At 2012.05.31 20:16, susan@avintagefarmwife said:

                Your pasta salad looks yummy!
                I just read your blurb about your mother. What an amazing testimony of strength and love!

                • At 2012.06.07 08:52, Richella said:

                  Oh, YUM! This looks absolutely delicious, Cindy! I’m always looking for a good pasta salad recipe–I haven’t had very good luck with them, for some reason. Thank you so much for sharing this one!

                  • At 2012.06.07 09:49, Richella said:

                    Hey girl–I just featured this post on this week’s Grace at Home. Thank you again for joining the party–I REALLY appreciate it! I’m trying to attract all kinds of different posts–this one was great with a good recipe and family love all tied together.

                    That baby boy is one cute fellow, isn’t he??

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