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Pasta! Simple Summer Side Salads

Pasta! Simple Summer Side Salads

by Larisa Severson

These easy summer pasta salads are perfect for a potluck and would go perfect with your favorite recipes from the grill.

Pea, Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad

1 pound box small shell pasta
1 pound shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 pound cubed ham
1 pound frozen tiny peas, defrosted
½ cup mayonnaise with ½ cup salad dressing (recommend Miracle Whip)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic salt (optional)

Cooking Instructions:
Cook Pasta according to box instructions. In a large bowl add pasta, ham, cheese, peas and mix well.
Add mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, salt, pepper, garlic salt and mix until everything is well coated and evenly distributed. Chill well before serving.

Italian Pasta Salad

1 pound box Radiatore pasta
1 small package cherry tomatoes
1 package salad pepperoni
1 each: red, yellow & orange pepper
½ cup sliced black olives (optional)
2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
1 large bottle Italian salad dressing

Cooking Instructions:
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and dice peppers.
In a large bowl add pasta, cherry tomatoes, pepperoni, peppers, cheese, olives and the entire bottle of Italian Dressing and mix well. Chill until ready to serve.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

1 pound box small elbow noodles
1 package hidden valley ranch dip seasoning mix
16 ounce container sour cream
⅓ cup mayo
16 ounce block cheddar cheese, sharp or mild, cubed
10 ounce bag frozen peas, thawed
8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Cooking Instructions:
Boil the noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water, stir so they don’t stick. Let cool while you prep the rest.
In a large bowl mix the ranch seasoning, sour cream and mayo together. Add noodles and mix together with ranch mixture completely coating the noodles. Add cheese, peas and bacon.
If you prefer a creamier pasta salad add a few squirts of ranch dressing or a little more mayo and sour cream. Chill well before serving.

Taco Pasta Salad

1 pound ground beef
1 pound box Rotini Pasta
1 package taco seasoning
1 pint grape tomatoes
3 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
16 ounce bottle Catalina salad dressing
1 bag Nacho Cheese Doritos
Cooking Instructions:
Brown and drain the ground beef. Add the package of taco seasoning with ¼ cup water and mix well. Cook pasta to package instructions. Slice tomatoes in half.
In a large bowl add seasoned ground beef, pasta, grape tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, Catalina dressing and entire bag of crushed Doritos and mix well.

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