Aunt Ruth’s Pasta Salad

Jul
21
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My Aunt Ruth gave me this recipe at least 20 years ago and it is still a favorite in the summer months. The Johnnys’s Salad Elegance is what makes it so good!

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 8-10

Prep Time: 20 minutes  

Ingredients

1 pkg large seashell pasta, cooked (don’t overcook – just barely al dente), drained and cooled

4 firm tomatoes or 1 small container small cherry or plum tomatoes (sometimes I cut the cherry tomatoes in half)

4 firm cucumbers
2 green peppers or 1 green and 1 red
1 sweet onion or 1 purple onion
1 (12 oz) bottle Kraft Zesty Italian dressing
1/2 of the 2.75 oz size of Johnny’s Salad Elegance

Directions

Cut the cucumbers, peppers and onions into pieces about the size or perhaps a bit larger then the pasta. Add the Italian Salad Dressing and the Johnny’s Salad Elegance. Allow to sit in the frig for several hours for the flavors to blend.

I usually add 1 can of drained medium olives and sometimes add the small to medium frozen cooked shrimp.

Categories: Pasta Salads, Salads

Submitted by: djrepp on July 21, 2010




Comments

  1. CindyP says:

    I’ve never heard of Johnny’s Elegance…what is it?

    Also, how much Italian Dressing do you use?

  2. Pete says:

    Sounds good, if we can figure out the Johnny’s Elegance thing!

    I have one of those “add bottled Italian dressing” recipes, and I could not tell you how much because it varies each time you do it. It may depend on how much the pasta will soak up, and I frequently add more after it has chilled a while.

  3. Pete says:

    Just did a search and found that this is the Johnny’s that makes “Jamaica Me Crazy!” Now, if we could just remember if we have seen that locally, or on a cooking show, or just where!

    http://www.johnnysfinefoods.com/

  4. Diane says:

    I am so sorry about leaving the most important part out of this recipe. I use at least 1 12qz bottle of Kraft Zesty Italian dressing and sometimes do need to add a bit more and I use 1/2 of the 2.75oz size of Johnny’s Salad Elegance which is usually in the larger grocery stores. I live in the Seattle area. And if I add shrimp, I add the cooked frozen shrimp. I see they sell the Salad Elegance on their website.

  5. Diane says:

    Is there anyway to correct the ingredients so it is easier for people to read and understand?

  6. CindyP says:

    I fixed it up, Diane! Thank you, this sounds wonderful…will have to find that Johnny’s Salad Elegance!

  7. Pete says:

    Diane, don’t give it another thought! Getting everything properly lined up in all the right squares can be confusing, especially if you get interrupted in the middle of it. (How do I know?? Because it’s happened to me more than once! But I get to use that edit button some of us have and fix it, with any luck before too many folks notice it.)

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