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A Simple, Quickie Pasta Salad

I am heading out to spend today's holiday with my 82-year-old friend and his family. It seems to be one of those drop-in and hang-out kind of days.

I do not like to go empty-handed, though when I ask, "What can I bring?" I am generally met with a response, "Yourself." Rather than ask this time, I have thrown together some things from my cabinet and refrigerator.

Here is what I found. Most of these ingredients I purchased awhile ago from Trader Joes:

  • 1 lb. farfalle (bowtie) pasta
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts (not marinated)
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives
  • Sliced provolone cheese, and Genoa salami
  • Bottle of champagne vinaigrette salad dressing
  • Salt & pepper

Here is what I did:

  1. Boiled the farfalle in salted water for 11 minutes; drained and rinsed in cool water.
  2. Drained and chopped the artichoke hearts; drained the olives.
  3. Chopped cheese and salami.
  4. Combined all ingredients with half bottle of salad dressing; salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Refrigerate. Will adjust for dressing salt & pepper, once chilled.

It is very simple, no-brainer type of "recipe," based on what I had available. I am counting on it tasting good, though it required little effort. Much of the cooking I do is improvising with what I have on-hand.

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Kasman wrote on July 4, 2015, 4:11 PM

Very inventive! I would have ordered something in emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on July 4, 2015, 4:16 PM

Kasman I eat, therefore I know how to cook. It doesn't require much invention, just paying attention to good pairings. emoticon :winking:

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 4, 2015, 7:51 PM

Sounds like it should work good. Have a good time

xstitcher wrote on July 4, 2015, 8:53 PM

My mother makes a salad with the bow ties (I did not know they were called farfalle), that my two and a half year old nephew likes. He insists that they are "butterflies". :D

CoralLevang wrote on July 5, 2015, 6:38 AM

I will never again call it bowtie pasta. Butterfly pasta, it is!

CoralLevang wrote on July 5, 2015, 6:39 AM

It worked out nicely. There was not even a full cup of the salad leftover. I guess it was edible. emoticon :winking:
Hope you had a good day.

CoralLevang wrote on July 5, 2015, 8:29 AM

That sounds yummy. I only have the carrots in the fridge though.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 5, 2015, 9:41 AM

That worked out great. You will have to remember what you did for the next time

xstitcher wrote on July 5, 2015, 11:08 AM

:D Little guys can be so cute. :) You make me want to post my mother's pasta salad recipe (the one my nephew's a fan of). :D