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10 Minute Pasta Salad

“Hey Jack, what’s happening?

I don’t know.

Well uh, rumor around town says you might be thinkin’ ’bout goin’ down to┬áthe shore…”

For those of you who didn’t catch that reference (if you did I’d be surprised, but you’d have to be my new best friend cause that’s awesome) that’s the beginning of a wonderful Dead Milkmen song.

Anyways, the point I’m trying to make is, I’ve got a car now! Woohoo I no longer have to take 2 different buses just to get to the grocery store!

You’d think having a car would mean I go grocery shopping more often since it’s like 2,552,353 times easier than before and takes like half the time, but I think in the 2 weeks that I’ve had it I’ve only gone to the store once and it was like the first day I was back at school. After that I got hit with a massive wave of work and have barely made it past the Denny’s on the corner with it.

As a result of my lack of grocery shopping, I have a very small and weird mix of food in my kitchen. So the other day when I got home and was craving something summery, I was very happy to find I had enough stuff to make pasta salad!

It’s a really simple recipe, with almost nothing in it but it came out amazing. The dressing is loosely based on this one from Budget Bytes, but I played with the ratios and left out a few things to simplify it. The rest of the salad is really basic, just pasta, cheese, and sun dried tomatoes. It comes together super fast (hence the title, 10 Minute Pasta Salad!) and it’s really refreshing. Makes me long for some summer weather to go with it!

10 Minute Pasta Salad - VeggieHacked.com

10 Minute Pasta Salad - VeggieHacked.com
10 Minute Pasta Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 people as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
10 Minute Pasta Salad - VeggieHacked.com
10 Minute Pasta Salad
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 people as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pasta any shape, preferably smaller
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
For Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Servings: people as a side
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the package. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and Italian seasoning in a medium sized bowl while you wait for the pasta to cook.
  3. Add the pasta, cheese, and tomatoes to the bowl with the dressing. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve cold and enjoy!
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10 Minute Pasta Salad - VeggieHacked.comThe bulk of the salad is made up of just 3 ingredients – pasta, shredded cheddar cheese, and sun dried tomatoes. You can always throw in some other stuff if you want to mix it up a bit. Some artichokes or cut up broccoli would be good.

Start by cooking the pasta according to instructions on the box. What kind of pasta you use doesn’t really matter. I used macaroni elbows. I would recommend something smaller though, like macaroni or elbows, so that it mixes easy.

10 Minute Pasta Salad - VeggieHacked.comWhile the pasta is cooking, mix up the dressing. Again, I used just these four ingredients but you can play wit it some. Garlic would probably work really well in here, or some different seasonings if you don’t have/like the premixed Italian Seasonings blend.

Making the dressing takes 2 seconds, just throw everything in a good sized bowl (just use the one you want the pasta salad to end up in, minimize your dishes!) and whisk it all together.

10 Minute Pasta Salad - VeggieHacked.comOnce the pasta is cooked, drained, and rinsed, you can add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl with the dressing. Give it a good stir and it’s ready to eat! Enjoy!

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