The Chirping Moms: Tuscan Italian Pasta Salad

June 26, 2012

Tuscan Italian Pasta Salad

I love when mistakes turn out to be a fantastic surprise!  The other weekend, we invited some friends over for a late afternoon BBQ.  Of course, in my last minute style, I raced to Trader Joe's that morning after church to grab the necessary ingredients for an Italian pasta salad.  I have never tried the Tuscan Italian salad dressing, but thought that it couldn't be much different than the usual Italian dressing (Kraft, Wishbone, or something similar) that I pick up at our local grocery store.  Well, I was wrong, it definitely didn't taste the same but boy was it delicious!!!!  





Tuscan Italian Pasta Salad


Ingredients:
1 package of farfalle pasta
1 chunk of Havarti cheese (could substitute with another type of cheese)
1 can of black olives
1 Trader Joes red wine salami
3 peppers:  1 red, 1 orange, and 1 yellow
1 bottle of Trader Joe's Tuscan Italian dressing

Directions:
1.  Cook pasta according to directions.  Drain and rinse with cold water.
2.  Chop all three peppers into small pieces.  (I only used about half of each pepper-saved the rest for vegetables and dip!)
3.  Slice the havarti cheese into bite-sized cubes.
4.  Drain and chop the olives into small pieces.
5.  Cut the salami into cubes.
6.  Put everything into a big bowl and add the Tuscan Italian Dressing.  You don't need much Italian dressing---I think I used about 1/3 to 1/2 of the bottle, but add to taste.

And this wonderful dressing will make a DELICIOUS twist to your Italian pasta salad!  Please take time and create this recipe---it's AMAZING!

16 comments:

  1. That looks so good! We'll have to try it soon:)

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  2. Yes, you must---it's become a weekly staple in our house!!

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  3. You had me at pasta salad! I feel like I could live off of pasta salad. I love that there are so many variations too. I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you now, especially since we have boys the same age!

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  4. This looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to add it to my recipe book! Stopping by from Jenna's challenge! So glad to be following along!
    -Anna
    asweetsouthernmess.blogspot.com

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  5. That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! I'm stopping over from Jenna's challenge. I love a good pasta salad and can't wait to try this!

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  6. Oh it looks so good! Do you serve it cold or hot? My problem is I always want my pasta to be warm so a lot of pasta salads I don't eat. Just found your blog and have loved getting to know you better. You're adorable and I'm excited to follow along!

    new follower :)
    bonnie
    bonnielouisa.blogspot.com

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    1. Cold---but I promise you it is really awesome, you will love it, even cold:)

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  7. That looks super yummy! I love love TJs!!

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    1. Me too---I always spend more money than I should, usually on some random chocolate covered item:)

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  8. Stopping by from Jenna's blog, this recipe looks wonderful! I'm adding the ingredients to my shopping list for tomorrow night's dinner! Yum!

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  9. Funny... we're making almost the same thing tonight, except we're using shrimp instead of salami. YUM!

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  10. Yum! I'll have to try this soon!

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  11. hi from the gfc hop!

    visit nichollvincent.blogspot.com

    have a good night!

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  12. This looks awesome. Always looking for new fun summer pasta salads. Visiting from Jennas

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  13. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about pasta and noodles! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

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  14. Looks so flavorful!! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

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