Potluck Pasta Salad

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

1 box Dreamfields Rotini or Penne Rigate
4 cups mix-ins (see below)
Dressing: Herbed Vinaigrette (recipe follows) OR
Homestyle Peppery Buttermilk (recipe follows)

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.

2. Add desired mix-ins and half of dressing. Toss to coat. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 8 hours; toss again before serving. Add additional dressing, as desired.

Makes 8 servings.

Suggested Mix-Ins:

• Crisp-tender cooked vegetables: green beans, broccoli, asparagus, corn, sugar snap peas, green peas, edamame, zucchini, yellow squash
• Raw vegetables: shredded or sliced carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, celery, avocado, spinach, radish, onions
• Other: olives, cheese – shredded or crumbled, herbs
• Meats: Salami strips, cooked chicken, tuna, shrimp, crabmeat, ham, beef steak slices, prosciutto

Herbed Vinaigrette
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

1/2 cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, rosemary, parsley

1. In small bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil. Whisk in mustard and garlic. Add herbs.

Makes 3/4 cup.

Homestyle Peppery Buttermilk Dressing
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon no-salt garlic and herb seasoning blend
1/4 teaspoon salt
Coarse-ground black pepper

1. In small bowl, stir together buttermilk and mayonnaise. Add remaining ingredients; stir to mix well. Add additional buttermilk if needed for consistency. Let stand about 10 minutes to thicken.

Makes 1 cup.

Nutrition information: (1/8 of recipe prepared with 1 cup cooked ham, 1/2 cup sliced squash, 1/2 cup green peas, 1/2 cup black olives, 1/2 cup sliced bell pepper, 1 cup sliced cucumber and half of Herbed Vinaigrette): 239 calories; 10 g protein; 8 g digestible carbohydrates*; 6 g total fat; 0.70 g saturated fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 280 mg sodium; 5 g total dietary fiber.

*If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 38 g carbohydrate. For more information go to www.dreamfieldsfoods.com.



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