Another favorite spice cupboard staple for me now is an Italian Salad Dressing Mix.  Not everyone in my family likes Italian Dressing, so I don’t always stock a bottle.  So, when I decide to make the popular pasta salad recipe below (that my family devours), I often have to run to the store.  I was so excited when Alison introduced me to this mix.  It will last much longer on my shelf than bottled dressing (especially if you pour it into a mason jar and vacuum seal it), so it can be ready when you need it.  It can also be used as a marinade for chicken.  I’m thinking it could even work blended into butter to make a spread for french bread…I’ll have to try that one.  Here is a great, customizable salad recipe that uses pasta from your food storage and vegetables from your garden (or whichever garden from which Albertson’s gets their veggies! 🙂 ).

FAVORITE PASTA SALAD

10-12 oz. rotini, cooked, drained, and cooled

Combine and pour over rotini:

1 C. Italian Salad Dressing (made per package directions)

1/2 C. Miracle Whip

Stir in any combination of the following:

cucumber, peeled and diced

shredded carrots

roma or cherry tomatoes, chopped

black olives

purple onion, chopped

pepperoni or salami, quartered

shredded mozzarella cheese 

Chill in refrigerator.  Serve and enjoy!

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One Comment to “More Seasoned Advice”

  1. Brittney says:

    You are so awesome, Kim. I just think you’re incredible and wish I could cook like you do. (and wish I enjoyed it like you do!)

    I have put butter and Italian Salad Dressing mix on the tops of my rolls before baking. It is delicious!

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