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Spanish Summer Pasta Salad - Ensalada de Pasta

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Spanish Summer Pasta Salad - Ensalada de Pasta

Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Like Spanish potato salad, Spanish pasta has a distinctly Mediterranean flavor, and is fresh-tasting and easy to make. Bow tie pasta, mayonnaise, fresh tomatoes, olives, pickles and onion are tossed with vegetables. Add a can of tuna to the mix and you have a great-tasting Spanish take on pasta salad.

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz bow tie pasta
  • 2 large, firm tomatoes
  • 4-5 gherkin pickles
  • 1 Italian green pepper
  • 1-6 oz can tuna
  • 1-15 oz can sliced or diced cooked carrots
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1-6 oz can pitted black olives
  • 7.5 oz canned kernel corn
  • 12 oz mayonnaise
  • Optional – 2 hard boiled eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Cook the bow tie pasta. Drain, rinse and cool for 10 minutes. Refrigerate pasta for at least an hour.

While pasta is cooling, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Cut tomatoes into wedges. Slice green pepper into strips, about an inch and a half. Slice pickles into half, lengthwise. Drain the tuna and carrots. Slice the red onion thinly. Cut olives in half.

Once the pasta is chilled, combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Then, toss the ingredients with the pasta. Serve cold as a first course or side dish.

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