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I have to make pasta salad for a shower I'm "co-hosting". Since I don't like cold pasta I'm stumped.  I'd like to make something that doesn't involve a bottle of Italian dressing and sliced black olives.

Thanks in advance.

ha ha i was just about to suggest a pasta salad with olives....

honestly - you can just about do whatever you want with a pasta salad. use a good pasta - the kind that holds its shape (where i live, barilla is the best kind, but maybe in the US you have other options). pour the salad dressing over the pasta while it's still warm. use homemade italian or greek style dressing. then you are free to add whatever you want:

I've made pasta salad with:
*tuna and vegetables (yes, and olives....) - cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, peppers...
*cubed hard cheese and veg - steamed brocolli, shredded carrots, cherry tomato, steamed squash
* greek style: with cubed feta cheese, tomato, cucumbers, black olives
*far eastern style: with peanut butter sauce

here are a few that i've made successfully:

I make a pasta salad that has
1pkg 1 lb cooked Garden pasta
1 can halved black olives
1 green bell pepper chopped
1 onion chopped
Miracle Whip to mix (about a teaspoon)
Lawry's seasoning salt to taste.

Its served cold, but it can be eaten hot. It does involve olives, but not the dressing ;)

My mom makes a great pasta salad that can be served warm or cold

Bow tie pasta
Chopped chicken (precooked)
Fresh Parmesan cheese - sprinkled on top
Olive Oil

If you are going to serve it warm make sure you put some olive oil in the pot to keep the pasta from sticking together, otherwise you can wait until just before serving to put it on because the pasta absorbs the oil. Just dice the tomatoes into whatever size pieces you like, chop the basil and mix in with the pasta.

I make one that's a huge winner every time; I will post the recipe in the Cookbook Project folder if it isn't there already.

Edited to add:  Just placed it there.


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