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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Quick and Easy Italian Pasta Salad

We have a new favorite around my house.  It's Italian Pasta Salad using Olive Garden Italian Dressing.  It makes the perfect pasta salad.  It's a super quick and easy side dish.  You can also add Italian seasoned chicken to the pasta for a quick meal.  My son has been known to finish the entire bowl on several occasions! 

Quick and Easy Italian Pasta Salad with cheese, chicken pasta salad


1 package spiral or bowtie pasta 
1/2 bottle of Olive Garden Italian Dressing 
1/2 package Italian Five Cheese
Pimentos & Olives 

Quick and Easy Italian Pasta Salad with cheese, chicken pasta salad

Boil the pasta according to the directions on the package.  Drain and allow the noodles to cool.  I add a small amount of dressing while they are cooling to prevent the noodles from sticking together.  Once cooled, add half of the bottle of dressing, cheese, olives and pimentos.  

Allow to chill several hours before serving.  

Tossing in some precooked and Italian seasoned chicken adds a great twist to the pasta. 

Quick and Easy Italian Pasta Salad with cheese, chicken pasta salad

If you are looking for a fast, simple and yummy side dish, this one is it!  We love the Olive Garden dressing, but if you can't find that you can always use a different brand.  The Olive Garden dressing is so delicious, and makes the perfect Italian pasta.  

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!  Have a wonderful week.  


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Winnie said...

I LOVE these salad, and can actually eat it every day !:)

Unknown said...

Hi Kathe
This looks really good.
Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
Angel @ sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for another recipe to use Wacky Noodles because they are currently on sale for $1/per pack!

April's Homemaking said...

Yum, I love pasta salad, I love the idea of using green olives, great simple recipe. Looks perfect for summer picnics. :)

ursula said...

This looks so simple and GOOD! Thank you for sharing!

DIY Vintage Chic said...

Love the wacky mac. This is perfect for summer! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-4.html

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Only one word comes to mind..Yum!
I love pasta salad and I love Olive Gardens dressing, so this is going to be a favorite at my house!
♥ Jil

Katherines Corner said...

Kathy this is wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

This sounds yummy. I make something similar. I did not know that there was an Olive Garden Italian dressing. Will be looking for it at the grocers. I think some artichoke would be yummy too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

BrettBMartin said...

first of all, i had no idea olive garden had salad dressing for sale. need to find.

second- i LOVE pasta salad. love love love. thank you!!

i can't wait to try it. maybe i'll do it as a side with our grilled pork loin tomorrow. Hmmm.

Betsy said...

I will try this for lunch, I love salads like this.

Unknown said...

I love pasta and this salad certainly looks great Kathy! Thanks for sharing on Creative Monday.

The Causal Craftlete said...

Kathy, this pasta salad look so yummy! I LOVE olives and the Olive garden salad dressing. Thanks for sharing this recipe at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

Katie @ http://www.thecasualcraftlete.com/

Andrea @ This Pug Life said...

Good idea, I love that dressing! I can eat pasta salad just about any way though. When I'm desperate, I will just eat cooked noodles with Italian dressing and a bit of Parmesan cheese from the can.

My Recent Favorite Books said...

Your Italian pasta salad looks delicious! I need to make this really soon!

Congratulations on the feature at "The Shady Porch" Rock 'N Share!

Kathy said...

Oh, Snap! I am going to have to find this dressing! Love Italian pasta salad - this recipe is so easy! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Melanie said...

Thank you for linking up at The Weekly Creative!! We'd love for you to come over to our newest link party: at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let's party!!

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Catherine said...

Dear Kathy, This sounds like an easy and delicious way to serve up macaroni. You have a beautiful site. Now following. Blessings, Catherine

RealHouseWifeOfNOVA said...

stopping over from the blog hop! How did I not know that you could buy olive garden dressing?! That pasta salad looks so yummy!
Lauren xoxo

Claire Justine said...

Whoo yummy, I love pasta salad, yours looks great :)

Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays,,,

Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

What a great salad, Kathy! Crazy as it is, I could totally make a meal out of this. I love pasta! Pinned this. Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends last week - I hope you'll join us again tomorrow. I look forward to seeing what you've been working on this week! :)

JoAnn SweetPepperRose said...

i Love pasta salads! never heard of wacky mac but I'll look for it :-)

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