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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pasta Salad

This is a great side dish or a perfect dinner if you add some grilled chicken on top! Grilled Shrimp are also a great way to turn this side dish into a yummy meal!

1/2 package of penne or rotini pasta (tri color rotini gives the dish some added color!) If you are making a large bowl of it, use a whole box of pasta and double the below ingredients.
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup black olives, drained
3-4 TBS Balsamic Vinagrette Dressing or Roasted Garlic Dressing (my favorite is Kraft Light Sicilian Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette)
2 TBS Italian Seasoning
Optional: 1 jalapeno, sliced (if you like spice)
Optional: 2 grilled chicken breasts, cooked & sliced or grilled shrimp cooked to liking. The chicken turns out best if it is marinated for a few hours in the dressing.

Cook Penne pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
Throw pasta in a large bowl, add the red & green pepper, onion, black olives, feta cheese, italian seasoning, jalapenos (if desired) and dressing. Stir gently.
Refrigerate for several hours.
Stir gently again before serving. If dry, add another TSP of dressing before serving. Add grilled chicken or shrimp on top if eating as a meal. Enjoy!

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