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Potluck Pasta Salad

This is the perfect pasta salad to bring to the next potluck you're invited to. Everyone will adore its immense flavor and taste and will be begging you for the recipe by the end of the day.

Notes

This recipe was featured in 16 Easy Potluck Recipes, a compilation of the very best potluck recipes.  Check out the article for 15 other easy potluck recipes!

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces wagon wheel macaroni or desired pasta, (1 1/3 cup)
  • 4 ounces tricolored corkscrew macaroni or desired, pasta
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium yellow squash and/or zucchini, halved, lengthwise, sliced
  • 10 ounces frozen peas, thawed or 1 1/2 cups fresh peas, cooked and cooled
  • 6 ounces pitted black olives, drained
  • 4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup unblanched whole almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh tarragon, oregano, basil or, dill
  • 8 ounces Italian salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions except add crushed red pepper to the cooking water.
     
  2. Rinse with cool water and drain thoroughly; cool pasta to room temperature.
     
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, sweet red pepper, yellow squash or zucchini, peas, olives, cheese, almonds, green onions and herb.
     
  4. Add dressing to pasta mixture and toss gently to mix; cover and chill for 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

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