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Easy Rotini Pasta Salad

Updated on January 2, 2013
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

I am a creative person and one of the ways that I use my creativity is by cooking. Cooking is my oil. Cooking is my pastel. Cooking is my clay.

Not literally, of course. That would be gross.

It's Summer now (or threatening to be so in the North West famous month of Juneuary). That means slaving over a hot stove in a hot kitchen is not a desirable idea. This is where salads come in handy, and, when a salad can easily be a main course for a meal, then that is an even better level of handiness.

Like most cooks, I don't use specific measurements for my salad. It's really just by taste and texture that i judge it's completeness. however, with this recipe, when specific brands are mentioned, they are not optional. The brands have a very specific taste and the salad would taste different if different brands were used.

This salad is a conglomeration of my step mom's pasta salad ans my own imagination. I hope you find it useful and easy and tasty. so, here it is.

What's in the Darn Salad?

Rainbow Rotini Pasta (I use either the whole box, or, even better, a pound of the fresh bulk pasta)

Two Broccoli crowns- as little stem as possible

Colby Jack Cheese- 1/2 pound, from the deli, then cubed

Cardini's Balsalmic Vinagrette Salad Dressing

1 Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle- cubed

1 can medium pitted black olives

grape tomatoes (roughly 40)

black pepper (to taste)

Now to Make it

1. Boil water (this may seem obvious, but there are many who fail even at this simple task).

2. Once the water is boiling, pour in all the noodles and a little bit of the salad dressing. Cook the noodles al dente (about 4-5 minutes), drain and then refrigerate until chilled (about 25 minutes)

3. While chilling the noodles, chop the broccoli. It should look like little trees. Cube the cheese into bite sized pieces, chop the pickle into 10-20 bite sized pieces (you can use two if the pickle is small. That's what she said)

4. After the noodles are chilled, pour them into a bowl and combine all the ingredients except for the dressing and pepper. Mix.

5. Pour all these ingredients into a Ziploc plastic bag. Dump in 1/3- 1/2 bottle of the dressing (to taste) and a pepper (to taste)

6. Seal bag (very important).

7. Flip, toss, shake, the bag. This is fun. Make sure ingredients are evenly distributed and dressing is evenly coated over them.

8. Open bag.

9. Pour contents of bag into the same bowl you poured them out of (unless you want to do extra dishes, then use a new bowl).

10. Take plates out of cupboard (or out of the dishwasher, if you're lazy like me)

11. serve generous portion on the plate.

12. Serve with Jalapeno poppers (trust me) and Blue Moon White Belgian Beer (no trust needed here).

13. Top with Parmesan cheese (optional)

14. Serve with pickle on the side.

15. don't forget to refrigerate salad after serving.

16. He (or she) who cooks does not clean up. it's only fair



What is your favorite type of salad?

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Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is an author with Sweatshoppe Publications, which will soon re-release his poetry collection, Digging to China. Additionally, the managing editor at eFiction horror and The New Bridge online newspaper.. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!


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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      aurelio... it's not so bad... just cutting and mixing. Give it a try... lemme know how u like it!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thought this would be simpler from the ingredients. But looks likes even a non-cook like me can try this. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Casa, I agree. pasta is hard to beat. Let me know how your salad turns out!

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      rLcasaLme 6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Nothing beats pasta. It's my all time favorite. I'll definitely try this one anytime this week.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      stessilly, it's great and very filling. You could also add hard boiled egg of cubed ham if you want more protein. It's a fantastic summer dish!

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      stessily 6 years ago

      PDX, Rainbow rotini is my favorite pasta! Broccoli crowns, colby jack cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette increase the yummy factor. Then add pitted black olives --- irresistible. (Even better if the olives are kalamata!) And you're absolutely right about the Claussen pickles --- irreplaceable delicious!

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Britnnay, let me know how it turns out. Make sure you use Claussen pickles. It makes a difference. They're found in the lunch meat section, usually

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Yum! My mom used to make pasta salad like this but she didn't put pickles in it. I can't wait to try it with them voted up, etc.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      duly noted. Let me know how u like the salad. Btw, if you're unfamiliar with claussen pickles, they are usually in the lunch meat freezer.

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

      This sounds awesome voted up and useful will vote awesome if i like it!, i am going grocery shopping tomorrow , will buy suff then and try it ! as far as the salads listed to vote for , well , i like to eat and i'd have to say i like them all except the cob salad and that's because i don't know what it is , guess i'll have to google that one lol Oh! hey ! you need to try my ruta ~ baga fries ! omg ! i was at the store the other day and thought dang ! im sick of all the same stuff all the time , i watched dr oz and he said to replace potatoes with ruta baga , so i thought "french fries"and viola! ruta baga fries ! and they ARE good! i couldn't believe it ! dipped in ranch ! deep fried omg! check it out ! anticipating your salad ! thanks again! :)

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Lemme know how it turns out!

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      gypsy1825 6 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Sounds yummy and refreshing. I think I am going to try it this week.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      yes. it's pretty tasty and easy. and filling

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      North Wind 6 years ago from The World (for now)

      As a lover of pasta I an definitely going to try this. As for my favorite salad I picked only one but I really have at least three that tie for first place :)