Friday, September 30, 2011

Tailgate Pasta Salad

I needed a pasta salad that would work for our tailgating needs and be tasty yet not to heavy calorie wise. This version is much lighter than traditional pasta salads, in that most of the calories come from the pasta itself and not the dressing.


1lb. box of Cavatappi pasta

2 sweet peppers (1 red, 1 green)

1 red onion

1 cucumber

Olive oil (to taste, appx. 1 Tbsp)

1 small bottle of Ken’s Steakhouse Light Creamy Caesar Vinaigrette

1/3  cup banana pepper rings  (hot or mild – your choice)

1/4 cup Fat Free Mayo (optional – I used a little to thicken)

1 small can of drained and rinsed whole kernel corn

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

Salt & pepper to taste


Boil noodles as directed on package.  Immediately drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

While noodles cook –

Seed the cucumber

Chop the veggies (chop to your liking – I mix small and chunky)

Once the noodles are well drained and cooled add to a large mixing bowl.

Add all ingredients and stir!

This can be made into a meal by adding some cubed cooked ham or grilled chicken too!

Enjoy and GO GAMECOCKS!!