i call this my “30 minute pasta salad” because it only lasts 30 minutes when you take it to a cook out. double the recipe if you know there will be a lot of people or a couple hungry people. i’m serious, this stuff will go!
- 1 box gemelli pasta
- 1/2 bottle of Wishbone Robusto Italian Dressing (if you can’t find Robusto, Zesty is 2nd best)
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1/2 green pepper
- 1 cucumber
- 1/2 bag of sliced pepperoni
- 3 oz. sliced black olives
- 2 tbsp McCormick Salad Supreme
boil the gemelli in a pot of salted water for about 9 minutes and strain.
while the pasta cooks, chop up your peppers, cucumber and pepperoni. this is what i normally put in my pasta salad but if you have anything else you’d like to throw in, throw it in! put all of the chopped veggies, pepperoni and olives in a big bowl. add the strained pasta and pour in 1/2 a bottle of Wishbone Robusto Italian dressing. sprinkle in the 2 tablespoons of Salad Supreme and toss again. cover and put in the fridge for an hour or so. this is best served cold.
do not skimp on the Wishbone. don’t buy the cheap knock off. i’ve done it before and it just does not taste the same. i’ve tried Wishbone’s Zesty Italian dressing and it is the best substitute if you can’t find Robusto. and DO NOT skip the salad supreme! there is something about this seasoning that makes this salad amazing. if you don’t believe me, invite me over to your next cookout and i’ll bring the pasta salad. you’ll thank me later.