Recipe By Bibi
Rating
Published Jul 27th
Prep 20m Cook 10m Additional 30m Ready In 1h
Servings 12 servings Calories 259.2

Summer is the season for salads, and this delicious pasta salad can be served at room temperature, or well chilled. Serve for brunch on a bed of lettuce with some crusty bread and fruit on the side. The recipe also works well for a summer potluck. Store leftovers in the fridge and portion out for an easy lunch on the go.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 8 ounces fresh crabmeat, well picked over
  • 2 ounces sliced black olives, drained
  • 3 tablespoons minced sweet onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes for garnish

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta and add to a large bowl with extra-virgin olive oil. Stir well, and refrigerate, about 30 minutes, while preparing the other ingredients.
  2. 2 Combine bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, crabmeat, olives, and onion in a bowl. Add to pasta.
  3. 3 Stir together mayonnaise, balsamic vinaigrette, Italian seasoning, and black pepper for the dressing in a small bowl and pour over the pasta salad. Mix to combine. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and serve at room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 259.2
  • Carbohydrate 16.7 g
  • Cholesterol 18 mg
  • Fat 19 g
  • Fiber 1.7 g
  • Protein 6.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.8 g
  • Sodium 304.6 mg
  • Sugar 1.8 g

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Chef's Notes

I added no salt to this recipe, due to the salt contained in the mayonnaise, vinaigrette, and olives. Add salt, if desired; You can use imitation crab instead of crab meat. Use a high-quality balsamic vinaigrette. The cherry tomatoes for garnish are optional.
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