Garden Pasta Salad

In the heat of summer, this chilled salad is a welcome refreshment. With plenty of fresh vegetables, pasta, and your favorite Italian-style dressing, it serves well at picnics, BBQs, and of course always at lunch time!

The Shopping List:

1 (16 ounce) package of uncooked tri-color spiral pasta

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh carrots

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced

2 large tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup onion, chopped

2 (16 ounce) bottles Italian-style salad dressing

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

optional add in: 1/2 cup olives, sliced

Directions

1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.

2. Mix chopped carrots, celery, cucumber, green pepper, tomatoes, olives, and onion together in a large bowl.

3. Combine cooled pasta and vegetables together in a large bowl. Pour Italian dressing over mixture, add Parmesan cheese and mix well.

4. Chill for one hour before serving.