March 10, 2014

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

This past weekend I helped host a Surprise 60th Birthday Party for my mom!   The party was a huge success and she was completely surprised!

Since the party was to honor and celebrate my mom, I planned to make some of her favorite dishes.  The idea for this pasta salad originated from one of our favorite dips.  To transform the dip into pasta salad, I simply added pasta and 4-6 oz. more salad dressing.  This can be served cold as well as warmed up.

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad
Serves 8-10
  • 10-12 oz. bow tie pasta
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 can black beans; rinsed and drained
  • 1 can sweet corn kernels; rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black eyed peas; rinsed and drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with chili peppers
  • 1/2 a sweet onion; chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro; chopped
  • 8 - 12 oz. fat free zesty Italian salad dressing
  1. Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions
  2. Once cooked, drain and rinse the pasta under cold water
  3. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl and add in the black beans, corn, black eyed peas, diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and zesty Italian dressing
  4. Toss well to fully coat the pasta with the dressing

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