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Share a Spoon: Salad Shooter

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Think Tank Momma

Happy Thursday Smackers!

It's Share a Spoon Salad style, so I suppose you need that little fork.

Everyone say...Thank You Ducky for the SALAD THEME!

This week's theme is brought to you courtesy of our notorious webbed footed friend Duckalicious aka Daffy over at Batcrap Crazy.

I had several ideas for today's post.  I considered many salad recipes.  However, I got lots of email requests hoping for pasta salads.  Therefore....ask and Think Tank Momma shall deliver.

I did not have time to make and take photos.  I know, I suck.  Here is a collage of what you'll need.  TRUST ME.  This salad is PERFECT in every single way.

1 bag of Wacky Mac Veggie Pasta (prepared)
1 chopped large tomato
1 English (Hot House or Seedless) Cucumber diced
1 Red Bell Pepper diced
1 can black olives drained and sliced
5-6 sticks mozzarella sticks sliced in small rounds
1 cup diced pepperoni
5-6 pepperoncini peppers sliced into rounds (tops and seeds removed)
1 bottle of Kraft Tuscan House Italian Dressing
1 can cannelini beans washed and drained
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


Boil the pasta according to the directions on the bag.  Make sure to liberally salt the water to season the pasta.  Rinse in cold water.

In a large bowl, add chopped tomato, peppers, cucumber, olives, beans, sliced pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.  Toss in pasta.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add a pinch of red pepper flakes (optional).  Stir in prepared and cooled veggie pasta.  Add bottle of Tuscan Italian Dressing (or favorite Italian dressing) and 1 cup of grated parmesan.  Incorporate all ingredients well.  Refrigerate for an hour or so before serving.

This pasta salad is a HIT, always.  You can use any tri-color past you like, but the Veggie Mac pasta is amazing and it really adds a special something.  My boys have no idea that it's additional veggies added in and they love it!

I hope you love it as much as we do!  Enjoy!

Now, link up and share your favorite salads.  Go visit all the linky loos and print out some recipes.  Get yourself a three ring binder.  We have Shared enough recipes over the last few weeks for you to have a NICE cookbook started!


Momma Fargo said...

Sounds yummy. I have never heard of Wacky Mack.

Holly Lefevre said...

I have never heard of Wacky Mac either! What am I missing out on. I will see if I can come up with a salad...I just spent 3 hours fixing my flippin' feedburner feed!

Shell said...

I've never heard of wacky mac either. I love pasta salad though. Might have to try this!

Buffee said...

Um, WTH happened to the Chicken Caesar Salad beotch?? You know there's a family reunion coming up right?! HA! I was hoping you'd make it again!

Anyways, the pasta salad is delicious fo'sure!

Michelle Pixie said...

Yum! I will definitely have to give this one a try!!

Claudya Martinez said...

Sounds good to me.

Anonymous said...

Yum! I know my picky ass kids wont touch it but it sounds good to me!! I'll have to try that pasta.

Nancy C said...

Fantastic! I can always, always count on you. Move in and become my private chef, please. For free, naturally. My wit will be enough to sustain you.

The Random Blogette said...

I am all about this except for the cucumbers. I don't know what it is but I am so not a fan of cucumbers. And what is this Wacky Mac that you speak of? I am going to have to find it.

Tamara Dawn said...

Wacky Mac! That's fun to say. =)

Lothiriel said...


wacky mac! I love saying it! never heard of it!! I'll be looking for it at the store!

Me loves!!!

I can't believe I totally forgot to link up...geez!

gayle said...

Thanks for this!! I am always looking for new ideas for a good pasta salad!!!!

June said...

This sounds like a great recipe. My Mom loves cold salads and I am snagging a copy for her.

Sorry I didn't post this week... hell, I haven't posted since last Friday!

Aunt Flo is taking revenge for having skipped her the past 6 months...Grrrrr