Cold Pasta
Salad Recipe

A great cold pasta salad recipe that is so easy to make even the kids can get in on the fun. A little spicy from salsa and a little creamy from cheese, it's a taste that can't be beat.

Using only four ingredients, it is quick and easy and the perfect cold pasta salad anytime.

For simple ideas to serve and make taste changes to this great salad see the menu planner and ingredient exchanges below.

2-3 servings


4 Ingredients Needed:

dried rotini pasta - 3 cups cooked

frozen vegetable mix - 2 cups thawed
(choose your favorite vegetable mix)

*salsa - 1 cup
(choose the salsa you like the best)

mozzarella - 1 cup cut into cubes

*Quick Tip: Instead of using your favorite salsa, try our sunflower tomato salsa for a change of taste.

Make Ahead:

- Prepare the pasta according to package directions.

- Thaw and drain the frozen vegetable mix you have chosen.


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1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain and put the three cups into a large mixing bowl.

2. After thawing the frozen vegetables allow them to drain in a strainer until the water is gone then add to the mixing bowl along with the salsa and the mozzarella cheese.

3. Toss all the ingredients together mixing well.

4. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Note: You may have to add a little more salsa to the salad after chilling. Adjust to the desired moistness.


Quick Meals - Menu Planner

Main Meal Ideas:

** Serve this cold pasta salad recipe in bright colored bowls with crusty garlic bread and a small side salad of baby spinach leaves, sliced cucumber and sliced almonds tossed with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

** Make a simple meal by pairing this quick pasta salad with chicken. Try the easy baked chicken recipe that is terrific with our cauliflower salad recipe too.

Light Meals Ideas (suitable for lunch, a light dinner or mini-meal):

** Serve this simple pasta salad on a bed of fresh assorted salad greens with cheese or garlic breadsticks on the side.

** Pasta Salad with Coleslaw and Pickles: For a light pasta meal, serve this easy pasta salad over packaged coleslaw mix with dill or sweet and sour pickles on the side.


The easy ingredient exchanges below, gives this cold pasta salad recipe a new taste every time you make it.

Ingredient Exchanges:

Instead of Salsa:
*French Dressing - choose your favorite dressing and start with 3/4 cup adding more if you need or
*Olive Oil Vinaigrette - start with 3/4 cup adjusting to taste or
*Pasta Sauce - choose your favorite pasta sauce and start with 1 cup adjusting to taste

Instead of Mozzarella:
*Sharp Cheddar Cheese - 1 cup cut into cubes or
*Goat Cheese - 1 cup crumbled or
For Vegetarians:
*Smoked Tofu - 1 cup cut into cubes


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