Cooking Challenge: Colorful Pasta Salad

by - Friday, December 03, 2010

I know I mentioned in yesterday's post that my office is moving. Yesterday was our last day in the office, and this week has been spent cleaning out, packing and of course throwing one last office party.

As part of the party, we were given permanent markers to write some good-bye messages to the building.

Outreach team goodbye

Wall graffiti one

wall graffiti 3

And of course we held one of our famous office potlucks. My office is full of very talented cookers and bakers so there is always a ton of delicious food at our potlucks.

My contribution was a colorful pasta salad. It was quick and easy to make and full of veggies.

To start, I boiled tri-color pasta for my colorful base.

While the noodles were cooking, I chopped a red pepper, green pepper, broccoli and some baby carrots.

Chopped veggies

Look at all that color.

Noodles and veggies

After draining and rinsing the noodles, I moved them to a large bowl and began mixing in the chopped veggies and a can of sliced black olives.

Black olives

Then I set the salad aside and made the dressing.

Dressing ingredients

It was a simple mix of oil, vinegar and a dressing packet.

I whipped it up and poured it over the noodles and veggies and topped the whole thing with some Salad Supreme seasoning.

Pasta salad completed

If you're making this to eat the same day, you'll want to chill the salad for an hour or to before serving.

The pasta salad seemed to be pretty popular at the potluck because I didn't end up with a lot of leftovers.

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