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Pasta Salads: Boxed and Homemade

Do you have a lot of Suddenly Salad's that you got for free a couple weeks ago?
Normally I just keep these in my food storage but I was lazy over the weekend and needed something for dinner.

I added tomato, chopped cheese sticks, and spanish olives.  I don't recommend adding the olives.  It made it too salty.  But the tomato and cheese are MUSTS!

This is my FAVORITE pasta salad recipe:  MUCH better, in fact I could eat it all.  ALL!

1 box Rotini pasta cooked Al Dente
1 cup chopped tomato
15-20 slices Hormel Turkey pepperoni chopped
atleast 4 cheese sticks chopped or diced mozzarella
Chopped Spanish Olives (to taste)  not too salty in this recipe :)
3 med carrots chopped
Half a cucumber chopped

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
7 T Apple Cider Vinegar
1 t Seasoned Salt
1 T Dried Parsley
1 t Dried Basil
1 T Chives
1 t Garlic Powder
1 t Oregano

Mix ingredients.
Make Dressing and pour over ingredients
Refrigerate for 4 hours - not necessary but it tastes better
Makes 28 1/2 cup servings


Hormel Pepperoni $.55/2 printable

See lots of pasta coupons here


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Apricot Fruit Leather

4 cups chopped apricots
lemon juice
1/2 c water

Add apricots and a 1/2 c of water to a saucepan on low heat.
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Add cinnamon to taste
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