I can't remember for the life of me where I first saw this recipe. But I'm so glad I decided to try it. It's one of the only things I can make from memory. It helps a lot that the ingredients are easily adapted to taste. I usually serve it as a main course and add a bread or potatoes type of side dish to the dinner. It's quick, easy, and filling. And it makes enough for a party or plenty of leftovers to snack on. Enjoy!
Garden Pasta Salad
1 16 oz box of garden spiral pasta
1 8 oz package cubed cheese
1 can black olives, chopped
1 16 oz bottle three cheese salad dressing, light or regular
1/2 head broccoli, crowns only, cut small
1 cucumber, cut into quarters
chopped tomatoes, if desired
Heat water in a large pot, add pasta and cook until done. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water until at least lukewarm. Put pasta in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, reserving about 1/4 cup of the dressing. Chill salad until ready to serve. Add additional dressing as needed.
"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."
"Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans."