Supreme Garden Pasta Salad recipe loaded with veggies! | @bestrecipebox

Supreme Garden Pasta Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 471 kcal

Change the ingredients to whatever you prefer or have handy. Want to make it vegetarian, leave out the ham and bacon. Adjust to your favorites. If you like extra flavor, make an extra batch of the dressing and then toss it over the salad right before serving. We prefer to use smaller pasta. 

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Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 pound dried pasta , cooked to package instructions
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 medium bell pepper , chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 medium tomatoes , cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3 green onion , chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped ham
  • 4 strips cooked bacon , chopped
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese , or your cheese of choice - cubed

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • lemon zest , from 1 medium lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice , fresh if possible
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper , fresh cracked if possible
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped basil

Directions

  1. Make the dressing: In large bowl whisk together all the dressing ingredients (olive oil, vinegar, mayo, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and basil). Taste the dressing and adjust salt, pepper or additional seasonings to your preference.
  2. Add all salad ingredients into the same bowl as the dressing (pasta, broccoli, bell pepper, celery, carrots, tomatoes, green onion, red onion, ham, bacon, and cheese). Gently stir everything together to coat with the dressing. Add additional fresh lemon zest or juice (optional) to taste. Serve chilled.