The weather in southern Louisiana has been on 70’s and beautiful! This time of year on the weekends we are either boiling crawfish or barbecuing. We use any excuse to sit outside and soak in the weather , this past weekend was no exception. This Zesty Pasta Salad supreme is one of my all time favorite salads. Seriously, I will usually hide the leftovers in the fridge so I can nibble on it for a few days all by myself. This is one of those salads I never grow tired of and make it several times a year.
I discovered this salad supreme mix shortly after I got married in 1999 and started making a good Zesty Pasta Salad with it. This dish has morphed over the years and I have added ingredients and taken away, figuring out what we liked. Finally I have the perfect summer side , It has only taken 19 years , lol. My only advice when making this salad is beware , it is addictive !!
This is a simple salad with very simple ingredients.
Start by boiling the pasta , draining it and run cool water over it until it is cool.
While the pasta is boiling peel and chop the cucumber, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and turkey roni.
In a large bowl pour the zesty Italian dressing over the pasta ans mix well
Add the salad supreme and Parmesan cheese to the pasta and mix well
Add the the cucumber, tomatoes, cheese and turkey pepperoni and mix well
Cover and chill for a few hours and give a good stir before serving
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Zesty Pasta Salad Supreme
- 12 oz Package Tricolored Rotini Pasta
- 1 cup Zesty Italian Dressing
- 3 Heaping Tablespoons McCormick Salad Supreme
- 1/4 Cup Bottled Parmesan Cheese
- 4 oz cubed Mozzarella Cheese 1/2 package os 8oz
- 2.5 oz Turkey Pepperoni 1/2 package of 5oz package
- 2 Roma Tomatoes seeded and chopped
- 1 Cucumber peeled and chopped
- Boil Pasta according to package ..around 10 minutes was good for me
- Once pasta is done drain and rinse with cool water until it is cool and let drain well
- While pasta is boiling prepare tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey pepperoni and cheese
- In a large bowl mix a zesty italian dressing and pasta
- Mix in salad Supreme and canned parmesan cheese
- Mix in tomatoes, cheese, turkey peperoni and cucumbers
- Chill for a few hours , give a good stir before serving. If you feel the salad is too dry for your taste you can always add a little extra dressing
Pasta salad is always delicious, and I love the addition of the turkey pepperoni.
I love the perfect sauciness here, it looks so delicious. The weather has been so strange here. A few weeks ago it was Summer and now we’re back to Winter! I hope the weather changes soon and I can make this zesty pasta salad to eat on the porch!
This came at the perfect time, I love a good pasta salad and have a picnic coming up!
I’m definitely on a pasta salad kick right now with the summer right around the corner, so this looks perfect! All the add-ins sound delicious. Thanks for sharing!
I love the sound of this dish and that Italian dressing sounds insane. Do you buy that ready made or you make it your own?
Ramona I buy the zesty italian dressing already made.
Yum! I love a good pasta salad and the big chunks of mozzarella and cucumber are winning me over here. This looks perfect for summer bbqing!
We too have been enjoying the weather here in Texas. Soaking up every minute before it reaches 100 degrees. This zesty pasta salad looks perfect for any potluck get together this summer!
Yes, I agree soak it up before it gets too hot.
I always buy pasta salad during the summer, but never made it myself at home!! I can see why you would need to hide this from yourself!
Pasta salad is one of my favourite ways to eat pasta in the summer and it’s always a hit at a bbq! This looks really good! Love that it’s got a kick to it!
I love pasta salads and whenever I can I indulge in this. Would love to try your version for this summer . Looks delicious
Mmmm, the serving on the main image is so cute. I would have a big smile on my face if I were served this one because it looks so nice. Can’t wait to make some at home!
Zesty pasta has been my thing lately. There is something about it that makes me want to make more and more of it. Very excited I’ve stumbled upon your recipe.
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Good to know that works too! It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Wow great post.
Family loves this salad. For a lighter version instead of pasta I use spiralized fresh zucchini or yellow squash. Also there’s no need to blanch it is perfectly fine to eat in its natural state.
A good salad. I just added the cheese with no meat. I didn’t have the McCormick salad seasoning so I added Flavor Rice Garden Vegetables seasoning and it was delicious