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Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
1 box whole wheat pasta (your favorite shape)
1 small can organic sliced ripe black olives
1/4 cup organic green pepper sliced
1/4 cup organic red bell pepper sliced
1/4 cup organic red onion, diced chopped
1/4 cup organic carrot chopped
1 oz. turkey pepperoni (optional)
1/4 cup organic uncooked broccoli chopped
1/4 cup organic uncooked cauliflower
1 tsp organic black pepper
1 tsp organic hot red pepper
1 tsp organic oregano
1 tsp organic parsley
1 tsp organic garlic powder
1 tsp organic basil
Organic White Balsamic Vinegar
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:
Begin by boiling the pasta according to the boxes instructions. While the pasta cooks start chopping your peppers, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, olives & turkey pepperoni. After chopping all vegetables and pepperoni place in a large bowl. By this time the pasta should be ready to drain. Make sure the pasta is drained completely, then add the pasta to the bowl and mix. You can add some olive oil at this time to make everything mix smoothly. Also add a small amount of the vinegar as well so the taste has time to set in.
Now begin to add the basil, parsley, garlic powder, oregano, hot red pepper & black pepper. Mix thoroughly and add a little more olive oil and more vinegar. You don’t want to add too much vinegar because it can make the salad soggy while you let it sit and cool. You can always add more vinegar later to give it more taste. Place in refrigerator and let cool for 30 minutes minimum. When you are ready to serve you can add more vinegar if you need to add more for taste. Then mix in the parmesan cheese and sprinkle some on the top before serving.

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