With Memorial Day ushering in the unofficial start of summer it is time once again that we are grilling out more often. It can get boring having the same old sides with our burgers and chicken. A super easy side to serve is an Italian Pasta Salad. It is extremely versatile since you can add whatever vegetables you have on hand. Some versions of the recipe also call for pepperoni if you prefer meat in it.
3cups (8 oz.) rotini pasta, cooked, drained
2 cups broccoli florets
½ cup cubed Mozzarella Cheese
½ cup chopped red pepper
½ cup finely chopped red onion
½ cup of halved cherry tomatoes
½ cup pitted black olives
1 cup Zesty Italian salad dressing
Run pasta under cold water to help cool the pasta.
Toss all ingredients in a bowl except for the dressing and lightly mix.
Add salad dressing. Note: Most recipes call for only ½ cup of dressing but we have found that it takes a full cup since the pasta tends to soak up the dressing.
Refrigerate salad at least one hour before serving