Cold Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Onions

You can either use regular store bought italian dressing, or you can make your own, which I did include the recipe below.  Ingredients shown in picture does not have everything – it’s missing the pasta used, tomatoes, onions and other spices for the italian dressing recipe because I ended up combining two different recipes together that I found.

Ingredients for pasta:

  • 1 box pasta of your choice – I used Banza chickpea pasta
  • Italian dressing of your choice – I never measure – I always put enough over the noodles.
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Any other vegetable that you’d also like to add in

Italian Dressing recipe:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 TBSP Mayo (I used light mayo)
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic, or 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (I used the pampered chef seasoning, or you can use the actual condiment)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice

Directions:

  1.  Bring a pot of water to a boil and add in pasta.
  2.  While the pasta is getting ready, or you are waiting for the water to boil, cut up the vegetables you are going to use and add to a bowl.
  3.  If you are making the above italian dressing recipe, add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.  I did not use all of the italian dressing when I made ours.
  4.  Once the pasta is done, drain and run cold water over the pasta until it is cooled.
  5.  Add pasta to the bowl you have the vegetables in and then pour the italian dressing over the mix.  Stir well to combine with a spatula or spoon.
  6.  Sprinkle with parmesan or feta cheese if desired!
  7.  Serve immediately, or you can refrigerate and enjoy later.

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