Easy pasta salad to bring for lunch

IMG_20130502_140352Pasta salad is one of my favorite warmer weather foods to bring for lunch. You don’t have to make a big ordeal out of cooking it and it will last for a few days. That means you have lunch for a week!

And you can throw in whatever you like into the pasta salad to make it yours. I always need grape tomatoes, a red pepper and olives in mine. Have a favorite vinaigrette? Throw that on the pasta salad to bring it together.

Easy Pasta Salad

1 lb rotini pasta, preferably tri-color (I used a vegetable version)
1/4 c. your favorite vinaigrette dressing
2 cups of a mixture of the following (pick what you like best):
Artichoke hearts
Grape tomatoes, sliced in half
Marinated or grilled mushrooms
Caramelized onions
Roasted zucchini
Roasted or fresh red peppers
Sundried tomatoesMozzarella cheese

Cook the pasta according to the package’s directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Cut the other items into bite sized pieces if necessary. Toss them in a large bowl with the rinsed pasta. Add the vinaigrette and toss them together.

Let stand at least five minutes before serving.

This is even better after it sits in the fridge overnight.


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