Rotini Pasta Salad Recipe

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Delicious and healthy!

As soon as summer begins each year, I start thinking about picnics, bar-b-que's and outdoor family fun. I can't wait to make my favorite seasonal recipes to share with family and friends. This pasta salad is my favorite pasta salad recipe and I adapted it until it was perfect. Not only is this pasta salad a cinch to make - it looks beautiful and feeds many. This is also a very inexpensive salad to make.

I am an expert when it comes to making party food for family. I will share a few tips in this article to help you prepare this pasta salad for your next event and look like a Top Chef.

Everything you need!
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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 7 min
Ready in: 22 min
Yields: Serves 12 people approximately 6 oz
4.5 stars from 18 ratings of Rontini Pasta Salad
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Ingredients

  • 12 oz Rotini Pasta, Whole Grain
  • 14.5 oz can Black Beans
  • 2 ears Corn
  • 12 oz Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 bunch Green Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 8 tbsp Olive Oil, Extra Virgin or light
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice, Freshly squeezed
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  1. Cook the pasta noodles according to the instructions to "al dente".
  2. Add the black beans, freshly shucked corn, tomatoes, green onion to the noodles and stir.
  3. Mix the garlic together with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and whisk or shake in a jar until it is emulsified.
  4. Pour the dressing over all and combine mixing gently.
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Tip #1

Midwest living is at it's finest in the summer. I prefer to feed my family as much natural food as possible. The closer that it is grown to my home - the better! The ground is fertile and it is very forgiving. Farmer's can grow almost anything here but nothing beats the sweet corn. I use a corn stripper to easily remove corn from the cob. Once removed - you can blanch it, simmer it or just throw the fresh corn into a salad.

Tip #2

I love garlic but it is so sticky I used to hate to chop it. I learned that if you press a knife on top of the garlic clove and hit it once with a little force - the skin will pop right off of the clove so you don't have to get garlic in your fingernails trying to remove the papery skin.

Tip #3

Whenever my family and I order out I always check out the containers that the food is served in. Many times take out restaurants have great dishes to keep for parties or family meals. I save the dishes and lids because they are absolutely perfect for taking dishes that you really do not want to have to cart back home. I also save the smaller containers so I can easily pack up any leftovers for friends or family and they don't have to worry about returning my dish!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I love pasta, but I have never made this myself. I think I'll have to try this recipe.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Vinaya - thank you so much! I know you will love this if you try it - there are never left overs! My sister takes what doesn't get eaten home with her - its always the plan:)


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preena77 4 years ago

Looks tasty.............! must try !


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This looks really good and I'm always looking for new salad recipes to try. I may have to wait till summer when the corn comes out though. Love the layout and pictures. Awesome job!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Sounds nice, simple, easy to prepare. And healeth. I love black beans in pasta!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Preena77 - thank you very much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! Thank you! Tis is really quick, easy and feeds a whole lotta people! I know from making lots of your recipes that you would like this one - it's got garlic:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Rebecca - thank you! My family loves this and my sister was really excited to see I made it for Easter. I love black beans in just about anything!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

I love all pasta salads. Yours has a new twist with the lemon! I wish I had seen this this morning. I will have to save it! :-)


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

I love to make the Rotini pasta salad. I never used corn but I am going to add the corn next time. It looks so yummy and quick. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and sharing.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Oh, this does look delicious! I will make it next week. I like the grape tomatoes and they are so fresh right now. I don't generally like pasta and it is not diabetic friendly unless it is whole grain and 'al dente'. So this looks like a healthy recipe.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! Oh this will be delicious because I know you can get plenty of home grown fruits and vegetables! I took this to mom's today for Easter and it was so great! I always leave my left overs for my folks and this time...I really wanted to bring it back:) lol. I didn't though - my dad likes to take this for his lunch after we have a get together. I'm already thinking about whipping up another batch!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi tarajeyaram! Thanks - I'm sure you will enjoy the addition of the corn. I use the white corn - it's a bit sweeter but yellow works well too! I really hope you enjoy it!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Lela! Wow! I was just thinking about you! Then bam! Thanks for the visit:) lol You WILL love this! I know it - we like lots of the same stuff and you can not miss with this one!

I made this before with regular rotini noodles (like not whole grain) and it was not good. I mean - the salad is still terrific because of the other good stuff but the noodle seemed tasteless and flat. The whole grain noodle seems thicker and it really retains the flavors of the dressing. I swear - I could live on this salad!


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bkmuze 4 years ago from Northern California

This looks wonderful. I love pasta salad and am always looking for new ways to make it. This recipe is just right. . . . enough interesting ingredients but not too many and a really refreshing looking dressing.

We will be having this at our house VERY soon!

Your photos make this salad look not only delicious but fun to make. Thank you for taking the time to create this!


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catsimmons 4 years ago from Mission BC Canada

This looks delicious and so easy to make. I have no excuse not to try it!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi bkmuze! Thanks so much! I am sure you will love this - it is super easy and fast! My mom likes to have all the get together's at her house and I can whip this up the day before and let it marinate. Then when we are all running late - (which is unavoidable with 3 girls!) I don't have to prepare any food and this travels really well too!

I hope you and your family enjoy this!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi catsimmons - thank you! Yes the beauty of this dish - is it is really flavorful and quite economical to make for large crowds too! The original recipe I started out with - was crazy! It had lots of herbs and more ingredients for the dressing (which were really unneccessary). I think it had toasted pine nuts (which are great but another step and expensive) I think also they sliced an avacado - which is another tasty addition too but it really doesn't keep well. This is the no fuss - no muss version that will keep for at least a few days if there is anything left!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

In Hawaii, everyone eats macaroni salad. It's delicious, but fattening. I'm sure this recipe will be delicious and healthy and that is what I need. I wish you were my private cook :-) on my yacht.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Hi Realhousewife! This is a great looking salad! You did a very nice job of explaining all the ingredients and the steps. Awesome photos too! I love everything you have added and I'm a big fan of balsamic vinegar. I'm convinced this is a very tasty salad!

Thanks for sharing - I voted up and five stars.

By the way, thank you very much for including the link to my blueberry hub :)


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emilybee 4 years ago

Looks go easy! Definitely trying it. They sell pasta salad mixes at the store and I was thinking why do you even need a mix? You don't really! Will be trying your recipe, thanks!!!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Pasta salad recipes are my favorite summertime fare! I'm bookmarking this for the warmer months ahead. Rated up! Steph


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

ME TOO! Well yeah!!! It's not too late - you can hire me! Hahaha! And anyway - isn't that what we are both doing here in hub - striking it rich so we can buy our yachts? Yes I thought so!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey MissOlive - thank you! I swear by this salad - it's really tasty and healthy too. I was supposed to make a broccoli slaw today - but the store was out of slaw so I had to switch it up really quickly! Yikes! This one - saved me at the last minute since I was in the store without a back up plan!

Thank you for commenting and voting and all that!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh so true emilybee! I do not even buy salad dressing - it's so easy to make and I have never found anything in a jar that beats it! A combo of near equal parts oil and white or flavored vinegar - is all you need and fat free. Add an acid like lemon or lime juice and the other herbs - are optional.

Thanks so much and I really hope you like it!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi stephhicks68 - these are my favorite too! I really think I could live on this one:) lol. Thank you so much!!


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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

Great sounding recipe! May have to give it a shot soon. Keep posting these awesome articles.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This recipe looks great! I love pasta salads, especially in the summer time. Great tip on on getting the skin off the garlic clove! Going to try this very soon! Voted up, useful and sharing on my blog. Have a wonderful day! :)


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Yummy!!!!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Robert Erich - thank you very much and - I'll try! Lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi sgbrown! Thanks - I think the pasta salads are my favorite summer food....they are so versatile and if you're out of something you can usually find a quick substitute. Like - garlic powder if you're out of garlic. I don't recommend that because it would affect the flavor BUT in a pinch? Lol.

Thanks so much for sharing as well! I'll have to check your blog out!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Good morning B-POP! So good to see you! I'm usually the one reading your terrific breakfast recipes! Lol. Thank you so much! I am all about YUMMY:)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Kelly. I like any kind of pasta made with rotini - it's so interesting looking - makes it tastes even better. Thanks for this well-illustrated recipe. Love the how-to-peel-garlic tip. Who knew?


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I love pasta and I love black beans. I have a black bean pasts salad but it's a bit different. I think I will love this one just as much.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Housewife Love this. My kind of cooking simple fast filling. Thank You so much. A corn shucker? I never heard of one. hmmm Well I may substitute that one (-; I love hopping around gathering recipes from the hubbers of love. I have a bunch..... You got me on this one. I have joined your club. Keep em coming housewife. Sending hugs. Your kitchen is so neat and tidy, great pictures. Great write. Bookmarked girl.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj! Me too - rotini is perfect for cold salads. It doesn't get so mushy:). It looks pretty and tastes prettier! Lol.

I have a friend who said she didn't know you could peel garlic so easy so I decided I should share it just in case - that is a smelly job - but it's gotta get done! Lol. Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cardisa - I do love black beans...I'm a big fan of most veins now that I think about it. Maybe not so crazy about black eyed peas:) lol. I bet you would love this...it's very good even if imsay so myself:) thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi skye2day - thank you very much for the read and your wonderful compliments! I do have a few more recipes to share - I've been cooking for a very long time! Lol lol. I do love my kitchen ... I sound the majority of my time in there or the office:) The kitchen is sort of the "control" room in the house - It's where all the important stuff is...snacks, drinks, the lady with the allowance:) hahaha! Thank you!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

RHW - Thanks for the recipe. You know I'm a chef quality cook or maybe you don't. I'm glad to see warm weather coming so I can whip up my favorite coldies and sometimes oldies.

The Frog


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow.. beautiful and unique. I have never had pasta salad with corn or beans. That looks so good. I am going to try this receipie. My family won't eat the pasta salad that comes from a box and gets mixed with mayonaise. I hope this will be a hub of the day. Well done!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Frog! You know, I think I read somewhere that you are a good cook! That is really cool too - it is really one of my true loves. I noticed too - that when I am stressed out I will start cooking up a storm! I can get really focused when cooking - it really takes all your thought power away so I think it's sort of a stress reliever for me. And - it isn't pointless - when you are all done - you get a cake or pie:) haha!

Thank you SO much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Tammy - Oh thank you! You are so kind:)

I do not like the pasta salad out of the box - GROSS! lol I think you would love this if you like Italian style dressing (vinegar based). It is just so easy to make - cheap for large crowds and healthy to boot! I tried it with regular rotini noodles before - and it doesn't hold a candle to the whole grain. The kids do not notice it is whole grain at all. I have been making my macaroni and cheese with whole grain and they didn't notice that either:) lol I hope you and your family like it!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

What a great recipe for a potluck... and now that you mentioned sweet corn... I am really homesick. We used to have the best back in Wisconsin. The corn just isn't the same out here... or at least that I have found! Definitely a recipe to try!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Stacy - You would love this for sure! I have made enough of your recipes to know your taste. (btw - you have great taste! I am still making your meatloaf recipe every couple of weeks:)

I do know what you are missing! I know you can grow just about anything in Wisconsin too. I love that...I have numerous farmers markets around me to choose from. One guy down the road even sells fresh eggs. Ha! I was just going to mention something about where I live - hahaha - you've been here! DUH! lol


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

OH and I almost forgot to mention - I love your little tip about keeping the containers when you order out. That would have come in handy so many times!! I will have to try this the next time we go to a big family gathering. I usually try to stay away from pasta salads because I can never stop eating them... therefore - I only make them when I attend large functions! :)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Eating this now. Absolutely yummy! I added some artichoke hearts too. This makes a HUGE amount of salad! I will be eating for days. I think it will taste better after being refrigerated overnight or more. Thanks!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stacy - some restaurants have the best containers! They probably cost more than the food! lol Especially now days with the fancy lids that snap on and you can easily wash them and keep them. I often send left over food home with my little sister - I am sure she has a truckload of my tupperware:) lol They also work well to send for school lunches! Most of that stuff is leak proof too.

Yeah pasta isn't one of the things you want to load up on all the time! lol Ok - well Eli doesn't want you to:) haha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Cool! It is super good after it sits overnight...the flavor just gets better. Now you see why I make it when my sister is coming over - I just give her half. She loves that stuff. I bet artichokes are a great addition! I am gonna try that next time! So thank you!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Save me some!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I am going to have to make more. I didn't get very much from the last time because I left it at my moms. She had it for lunch today - and called me to tell me - I was like darn! I want some now!


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Brandym2012 4 years ago from PA

I absolutely am going to try this. It looks so delicious.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Brandym2012 - thank you! I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Ok, RHW, I have been eating this for two days now and I still have half the pot to go.

Remember I said that I added artichokes? Well, Bob and I decided to add some sliced black olives and powdered italian dressing mix also. I just can't help myself.

Anyway, the italian dressing mix added a huge dimension in taste. I think you should try it and let me know what you think. Maybe you will agree.

I'm with you, I could eat this for lunch and dinner every night.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love pasta and your recipe sound delicious. You make me hungry, my friend. I really enjoy your recipes and step by step pictures. It made this hub so colorful. I can't wait to make it soon. Rated up and useful. Yummy!

Prasetio


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Prasetio! I am pretty fond of pasta no matter how it's cooked! This pasta salad is really delicious - and it does look so pretty! You can also throw just about any of your favorite ingredients in to personalize it to your own taste. Thank you so much!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

LOVED it. My kid loves it and so do all of us. The Recipe is veg and no excuse will work for me to avoid making it...lol

thanks Kelly. voted up as useful.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruchira! This one is perfect for a vegetarian! I love it! Thanks for commenting too because I'm going to make it again now:) lol. I hope you and your family enjoy this!


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA

This is by far one of the best recipe hubs i've read on Hubpages! The pasta looks delicious!! I'm going to try this one this weekend for when my In laws come to visit me. Thank you for this!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Looks great! perfect dish for a summer potluck! Nice tips, too. Your hub is very attractive. Awesome photos. very nicely laid out! Great job! Many votes!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

My daughters love to make rotini pasta and mix in different ingredients every time. It is our "go to" meal when we don't know what to fix for dinner!


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CookwareBliss 4 years ago from Winneconne, WI

This looks great...pinning this for later:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Jessi10 - thank you! If you try itmlet me know how you like it - I hooe it's as great as I think it is:). You can mix and throw in just about any additional ingredients you like so it's easynto tailor to your personal taste. Good luck with those in laws when they visit:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Victoria! Thank you so very much! For the read and kind comment:). I was lucky I had a recipe that called for so many colorful ingredients! Lol. It's the little stuff, right? Lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hello Kschimmel - Sounds like your virus have great taste! I love rotini - and I can see where it could be so versatile. You can make so many kinds of things with noodles that kids love!

Thank you so much for reading and commenting!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi CookwareBliss - thank you! It's really tasty and filling! Thank you so much for pinning and commenting! I appreciate it:)


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Hi Kelly, it's not like me to miss supper, but some how this slipped through the net. Pasta meals are so versatile and I've not seen lemon added before so I will be trialing this on my wife and daughter lol. Voted up across the board :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Anything with onion and garlic is something I'd want to eat. And I think the corn here adds an interesting texture. Voting this Up and Useful.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Brian! Thanks a lot! I know if you like pasta salad - this can't miss. I added the lemon because when I make my own salad dressing (oh now that might be a good hub too - you always give me the best ideas!!) I use lemon and I sort of tried to make a light salad - oil based dressing.

Thanks again for the idea:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi alocsin - I love a guy that can cook! lol My husband was a cook when he was younger so I do benefit occasionally. He makes great breakfast! lol

I do love the corn in this - fresh is best. I bet you could substitute canned or frozen in a pinch and it would be great but nothing beats home grown corn!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Great presentation here Kel ~ the pics are wonderful and the recipe sounds awesome. Great tips and I love the added Applebee's container. I used to have a ton of great sturdy contains from Chinese carryout. I ended up using them to give leftovers to my sisters. I doubt I'll get 'em back cuz they love those containers too. Voting and sharing and pinning I go . . .

Sharyn


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sharyn! Thank you! I had fun taking the pictures but now I can't wait to get the photo studio I ordered to take food pix:) I may have to redo them:) My sister is usually the one who ended up with most of my tupperware and containers - so I started keeping the take out containers! haha Oh well...she is worth it! Thanks so much for the read, comment and shares!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Holy cow! Look at all the comments! I'm going to start doing recipes after seeing your success. Do you think anyone wants to know how to make mac n cheese with Spam?

Great hub; Bev says we will be having it soon.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Bill! ThanksT I don't usually do recipes but once in a while I whip one up. I love this salad and knew no one else had the recipe:) lol I hope you like it - tell Bev it is super easy to make and if you throw in some good bread it is a terrific meal.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I happen to love pasta salad and I like your addition of black beans and corn along with the tasty vinaigrette. I've marked it for our next picnic. Thank you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi vespawoolf - thank you very much! This is a great picnic salad - because there is no egg or mayo type products in it so won't kill anyone! Lol. It is really good and I'm sure there won't be any left:)


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I personally do not enjoy pasta salads, but I must admit this is a healthy dish that could be wonderful to add to the menu! Thanks for sharing it!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Myth - I think you would like this. I know you are a very healthy eater. This is light and you can add a variety of flavors to personalize it. I bet people could add things I would never dream of that could change it up. Maybe spice or like Lela said - they added a packet of Italian salad dressing and she said it was a little zestier. I tend to make things a little more on the plain side for the kids sake. I think I am going to make this tomorrow though - split it and try the Italian dressing on half for Dave and I:)


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penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

I love pasta and this looks truly delicious. You're right with this recipe, you will look like a top chef. There's no way Chef Ramsey wouldn't like this one!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Penlady - thank you so much! I actually made this for a party last weekend. It is perfect this time of year because I can get everything fresh from a farm - there are plenty near me:) lol I did get several compliments...it just never fails!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! It looks yummy! I´m sure it tastes so good. It makes my mouth watery from looking at your pasta. Thanks for SHARING.


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

This looks like a very tasty Rotini Pasta Salad. Your photos and step by step instructions are great and easy to follow. I do not use pasta very often but you have encouraged me to give it a try.

Shared and voted 5 stars


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Thelma - thank you so much! It really is a great tasting salad - and if there's any flavor you just love it's pretty easy to add to.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Viking - this is really easy and pretty tasty! Anyone can easily make enough to feed an army and you won't even give anyone food poisoning since there isn't any mayo base in it! Lol.

Thank you so much!


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

Perfect food for picnics, potlucks, and any other occasions. I am a wreck when it comes to moving about the kitchen but this recipe look reasonably easy to do.

Thank you very much for sharing Ma'am. :)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I've made this salad twice since you published this recipe and I do love the flavors! I wish I could eat more pasta, but it raises my blood sugar. I tried it with whole grain pasta that was almost as delicious!


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Love pasta salad! It's so versatile and you can add just about anything. Great way to use up leftovers too!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

My friend, I love your recipe. It sound delicious and I can't wait to make is soon. I'll show this hub to my mom. Voted up and Yummy :-)

Blessing,


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi thesingernurse - Yeah this is for sure great for potlucks or large crowds. I love this dish for that reason - it can be a challenge to figure out a side dish to take for so many people that won't spoil. It still tastes great and the pasta doesn't get all soggy either!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

MMMmmmmm I may have to make this in a few days! I love the comments because it reminds me of it:) lol This is great for BBQ and I have been cooking outside a lot because it is so darn hot here! Yesterday I couldn't breate it was so hot!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey HawaiiHeart - Yeah you can really toss just about anything in there. For people who like meat - you could add chicken and call it a meal! lol I do tend to just toss whatever I have on hand in - especially herbs or even Arugula would be nice!

Thanks so much and good luck making your fav!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi pasetio! Thank you - and from your beautiful hubs on fresh vegetables and health benefits - I should have known you would like this one!!

A Votre Sante! (Here's to your health!) lol


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Made this last night and ooooo it was so good!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Kelly,

We should start with...what's al dente mean? As mentioned...I'm trying to UP my kitchen game...this looks like it should be added in. So, what's al dente?

Thanks,

Thomas


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh thanks for letting me know!! I do love this stuff and wish I had some right about now! mmm!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

So Thomas - funny you should ask...I am explaining exactly that in next weeks lesson!

Al Dente - actually literally means "to the tooth"....so the pasta is 'hard' to the tooth and not cooked so long. It is much better to undercook the noodle than to overcook it...al dente is how you want to prepare the noodle if you are wanting to make a dish and have the noodle hold firm. Otherwise they mush all up and taste watery.

You will love the next meal - it is super easy to make and YOU can do it dawg! LOL


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This sounds great. I always use whole grain pasta, actually whole grain everything. Lots of good veggies and beans. But mostly it sounds really good to eat. Thanks for sharing.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Carol - thank you! I love working with whole grains...and recently I read an article saying whole grains MIGHT not be so good for us. I have to check into that more closely but it had to do with digestion maybe? Idk? That doesn't mean I will stop eating it though - I guess it's like everything moderdation is key!

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