Side Dish: Tri-Color Pasta Salad


I have a problem with sides. My husband would definitely attest to that. A typical dinner at our home usually consists of something like, say, spaghetti with a loaf of bread (still in the bag) thrown on the table. Or perhaps tacos with some warmed up canned corn. Nothing too fancy at our house…I have always been of the mind set that: Isn’t the main dish enough? After all I did cook something! (he he)

Well, I’ve decided it is time to change my ways, and learn how to cook a more rounded meal. You know, with a main dish, a side dish, a vegetable, a fruit… I’m not sure if I can do it, but I thought I would give it a try. (And then maybe I will be able to do it sometimes, which is definitely better than never RIGHT!?!) So here is my first side dish recipe of what I hope to be many many many many….

Tri-Color Pasta Salad Recipe:

  • 1 (12 oz) box Tri-Color Rotini
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • Cubed cheese (I used Monterey Jack)
  • Cubed ham or turkey
  • Italian dressing

Cook pasta, and let cool. Mix in olives, cheese, ham and Italian dressing to taste. Refrigerate for an hour (if you can) since this salad tastes better cold. I actually think it tastes best after the flavors have had time to mix over night…but lets be realistic here—-who honestly remembers to make a side salad the night before??? :-) So just know, that the left overs will be delish!

I need some side dish inspiration!!! Please leave me a link if you’ve got a great recipe post!!!


  1. I use quartered (full circles just cut into fourths) pepperoni and diced red onion in this type of salad as well! :)
    .-= Aliese´s last blog ..Productive Weekend =-.


    Anne Reply:

    Just the other day I found mini pepperoni’s at the grocery store….so cute (can pepperoni be cute!?!)


  2. A variation of that salad is my youngest daughter’s favorite! I add cheese, black and green olives, and one diced green and red pepper! Yummmy!
    .-= An Enchanted Cottage´s last blog ..Discussing garden plans… =-.


  3. Very colorful. I like it. I need to check my local stores for this Tri-Color Rotini.
    Dan´s last blog post ..Pasta Salad With Pimiento Peppers


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