I am going to give you a super simple pasta salad recipe here. It is perfect for any potluck, family gathering. Plus, it is so simple. The homemade dressing is a basic Italian dressing seasoning. I was looking in the store at ingredients in most Italian dressings, and they contain everything from processed sugar to dyes. WHY?! So, if you want to ditch the processed ingredients, this will be your new favorite dressing.
For my pasta salads, I use an organic rigatoni pasta. I think the dressing coats the noodles best, and it has the best noodle-vegetable ratio.
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/8 tsp paprika or turmeric
- 1/2 tbsp Italian Herbs (or 1/4 tsp of each: basil, marjoram, oregano 1/8 tsp of each: rosemary, thyme)
- zest from one lemon
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, white, really any vinegar works here)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
And get creative with your Vegetables, throw whatever you have in the fridge in with the pasta. All of the measurements are for 1 box of pasta worth of noodles. I prefer the vegetables to be dices in about 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 red bell pepper
- 7-8 cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 head of broccoli
- 1 bag snap peas
- 1 avocado
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1 box rigatoni pasta (or gluten free pasta)
You really cannot mess up this recipe. It is perfect to use up left over vegetables, or to have a fresh side salad for dinner. I hope you love the dressing!