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REC: My SIL's Pasta Salad

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Posted to Thread #18256 at 4:45 am on May 24, 2010

My SIL Leneeís Pasta Salad (I've made it many times since I posted this at Gail's)

8 oz. pasta (if you use tortellini or
something similar, use about a pound. I
usually mix tortellini with some
other type of salad pasta, 8 oz. of each)
1/2 c. sliced green onions
1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley
1 c. sliced celery
1 c. frozen peas, thawed
1 c. diced fresh tomatoes
1 c. sliced olives
1/2 c. mayo
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp red hot pepper sauce
1/8 tsp. black pepper (or to taste)

3 c. sliced chicken
2 c. sliced dry salami
2 c. cooked salad shrimp

Cook pasta al dente. Rinse w/cold water.
Place in bowl and add onion, parsley, celery,
peas, tomato, olives, and the chicken, or
shrimp, or salami.

Mix. In separate bowl mix together with wire
whip mayo, soy sauce,lemon juice, vinegar,
mustard, sugar, garlic, paprika,ginger,
pepper sauce & black pepper. Add to pasta
mixture, mix well and chill overnight.

She's also made it with chicken and I would have to say I personally like the zestier kick you get with the salami. If I made it with something else I would still include it. This recipe is very forgiving and I think you could add cheese without a problem unless you are going for a really strong cheese in which case I would say make it up to that point and taste before adding it. Or, you could simply use cheese tortellini as part of your pasta mix (I think I would include some kind of tortellini, because it imparts such a nice texture) . I spoke to my sil who gave me the recipe just a few days ago and asked her where she got it. She told me it was at a school function and that the woman who brought it had also made copies of the recipe to give out. Now thatís when you know you have a good recipe - when you plan ahead and have pre-made copies because you know everyone will be asking for them! Good luck, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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