Hi Chicklets! Today I’m going to talk about pasta salad. Whether you’re in Florida battening down for Debby or in the Outer Banks on vacation or in Canada battling a heat wave, this pasta salad is right for you. And it’s SO EASY to make.
First, visit Wegman’s Gluten-Free section! Wegman’s isn’t paying for advertising, but that grocery store is a Gluten-Free Girl’s dream come true! It has one of the best gluten-free sections around! Even better is that Wegman’s puts out products that are completely gluten-free. So they’re less expensive than the speciality brand and in some cases even tastier! Case in point… Fusilli!
Anyone who’s gluten-free knows how hard it is to find pasta that’s still good in a cold salad the next day. Well, Wegman’s Fusilli solved that problem!
Here’s the recipe for an easy pasta salad that’s as good fresh off the stove as it is after sitting in the fridge all night.
1 Bag Wegman’s Fusilli
1/2 small container of cherry tomatoes
1/4 C Black olives, pitted
1 large bunch of broccoli
1/4 C Fat Free, Gluten-Free Italian Dressing
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
Start by bringing 6 cups of water to a boil. Once the boil is rolling add a teaspoon of Italian dressing to the water, a dash of salt, a dash of pepper and the fusilli. Boil the pasta about 7-10 minutes until al dente then add the fresh broccoli florets. Boil for about 5 minutes.
Rinse pasta and broccoli under cold running water until the pasta has cooled slightly. Toss in a bowl and add the remaining Italian dressing. The trick here is for the pasta to be slightly cooler than fresh boiled but not cold when the Italian dressing is added. The fusilli will absorb the oil better and remain soft but not too mushy the next day.
Add tomatoes, olives and cheese then gently mix until everything is evenly coated with the dressing. Serve and enjoy.
Like I said, this also makes a great day after salad for when you don’t feel like fixing a meal after spending all day at the beach or when Debby has rudely knocked out your power. 🙂
Happy Gluten-Free Eating!