When I was growing up, my mom made a pasta salad that was so amazing, yet so simple. I loved it then and I'm sure I'd love it now. No matter how many times I've tried to recreate it, it's never come out exactly the same. Since I'm not able to recreate her recipe exactly - I've modified it a bit and made it my own.
Every time I make MY pasta salad, it comes out a bit different. It really depends on what I have and trying to use up, or what I'm craving at the time. The one thing that is constant is the fact that I use spiral, usually Rotini, pasta. More recently, I've started using the whole wheat kinds and like it just as much as the regular not so great for you pasta. :)
Here's a look at how I made my most recent batch of pasta salad. Note: this makes a VERY large batch, so be prepared to share or eat it for days!
Rotini, Asparagus, Green Pepper, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Red Onion,
Green Olives, Black Olives, Feta, Lemon Juice, Italian Dressing, Salt and Pepper
(This can be modified very easily. Use whatever vegetables you want,
but blanch raw ones that would be too hard like Asparagus and Broccoli)
Cut Up Veggies!
Veggies covered in cooked, cooled pasta!
With a little bit of Feta thrown on top.
Lemon squeezed on top, followed by Italian Dressing and then mixed!
Ready for consumption. Oh yum!