Spring Side Dish: Italian Pasta Salad
In preparation for lunch guests this past weekend, I pulled out the recipe for an old favorite: Italian Pasta Salad. This is my favorite pasta salad recipe because it has so many veggies and a great parmesan-Italian flavor. Our children all love garbanzo beans, black olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers, and they consider pasta to be a special treat -- so when they saw what we were making they could hardly wait for lunch time to arrive! :)
Eliyahu (age 8) was my helper for slicing and dicing the vegetables. I used tri-color spiral pasta from a Costco multi-pack. The first time I purchased pasta at Costco, I was surprised by the quality difference. Their pasta holds together well and has a good texture.
Notice my lovely new Corelle plates? The tile floor in this kitchen hasn't been as kind to my dinnerware as I'd hoped. My thoughtful brother Reuben and sister-in-law Mariel went thrift store shopping for me and found quite a few Corelle bowls and plates, including some neat designs. This plate (above) is one of my favorites. :)
Channah (2) helped me wash the dishes that wouldn't fit in the dishwasher. When we finished I took off my gloves, and next thing I knew, she had put them on. What a sweet girl. I think all little ones LOVE getting to wash dishes and play in the sink. :)