Thank you for your support! DEAR MARY, This way, I can set it on the table and then forget about it. This was long before the internet… and long, long before food bloggers took over the world of cooking…ya know…back in the dinosaur period! Thank you for these wonderful recipes. Hi Norine, can't wait to try this. I’m glad you were able to perk it up to your tastes though! However, this is also delicious cold and will keep nicely in the refrigerator for a few days. Drain, but do not rinse the pasta. Me? Please check our privacy and disclosure policy. This post may contain affiliate links. And my favorite — served with Greek grilled chicken. I decided last summer it was time to “update” this recipe. Filed under: Italian / Mediterranean, Main Dishes, Pasta, Recipes, Side Dishes. I am going to make your BEACON RANCH SALAD this week- end. Italian parsley add a fresh taste that makes this dish irresistible. Okay, let me break this California Pasta Salad down for you. I made 1 small change that was due to my need for more color, i added fresh grape tomatoes. Garnish with Parmesan Cheese and chopped Parsley. Either will work. Great for a party! God Bless you for your generous , out reached help to making cooking not only easier but healthier also. You want them al dente! That was over 25 years ago and they are still one of the most requested dish at this Nest. Not gonna happen. And this Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad is a must any time you have fresh strawberries around! ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please read my disclosure policy. All these veggies need is a splash of oil and vinegar, a little seasoning and I’ll happily eat a whole bowl. It’s a taste treat for the senses! I love cookbooks filled with recipes from women who cook for their families. Great recommendation. Black olives finish this salad with a rich and salty flavor. It’s so YUMMY! (As you can see I’ve done extensive research on this topic!). And lastly, this salad is economical. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cucumbers, olives, red onion, and cooked pasta. This Penne Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Olives is a light and tangy penne pasta salad that is potluck, party, and summer barbecue friendly, with no mayo or other ingredients to spoil in the heat. originally published June 5, 2018 — last updated May 19, 2020 It also keeps well in a cooler with a little dressing, finish it off with the rest of the dressing when ready to serve. The family favorite got a make-over! Thanks for stopping by and sharing with me. I was so worried you didn't like the recipe! The blend of flavors from the olives and the dressing is pure perfection. Stir until all ingredients are well combined. // Artichokes, peas and raw almonds are also delicious in this salad. Well fast forward 25+ years. Welcome to My Nest! Voila! Thank you so much! You’ll find out every Monday what’s coming that week at Norine’s Nest. Follow directions on package of tortellini for cooking pasta al dente. Add the tomatoes and all of the juices from the bowl. First make the Italian salad dressing by combining the olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices. It’s wonderful eaten as-is or sprinkled with a little Parmesan cheese. package frozen cheese tortellini, cooked and drained It is my go to, make ahead salad for camping. Welcome! Gosh, I could eat this stuff for weeks on end. If you can’t find the fantastic Italian this is some seriously good stuff! You can now include images of your recipes in your comments! Sprinkle with basil and parsley and toss again. So great in this salad. Yes! Chopped parsley and grated Parmesan for garnish. Every week is a party filled with lots of tasty recipes, fun crafts, and funny stories. Seriously…think about it…biscuits.