TGIF Everyone (do people still say that?)!
I am sharing a delicious pasta salad recipe because if you’re experiencing the late September heat wave like Wisconsin is you can appreciate a cool dinner late in the season.
I love cold Italian subs. Meaty and filling with crisp veggies and a zesty dressing….maybe add a few spicy peppers ass well- yum. This pasta salad is really easy and is a crowd pleaser. The only thing that takes a little bit of time is the chopping, but it is worth the time! The dressing has a red wine vinegar and olive oil base and I dress it up with some oregano and a little garlic. I like to use a shaped pasta like radiatore (pictured below) because I feel that it grabs all the flavors and herbs in the nooks and crannies. I like veggies in my pasta salad to balance the spice from the hard salami and zesty dressing and peppers. I like bell peppers, banana peppers, tomatoes, olives, and green onion. If my husband was not eating this I would certainly add some mushrooms as well!
So what else is new in my world? Well, I left my job of about 7 years in August to return to school! I desperately needed more time with my children, and unfortunately those weren’t options for me if I stayed at my former job. I did a lot of thinking over the past 7 months, and after meeting with my licensing program, lots of talking with my family, and lots of personal contemplation- I left my job. I enjoyed my previous job, but it wasn’t my passion but I happened to be really good at it. I am currently taking classes to get my license to teach Social Studies. Since I already have a bachelor’s in a related field I will not have to be in school for long. Right now I am taking classes and tutoring at my Alma Mater in Green Bay. Civics and history are a true passion of mine, and I am enjoying learning more. I am also looking forward to having summers and time during the holidays with my boys while having a challenging career. This transition has given me a lot of perspective and I didn’t realizing how much I was missing. I didn’t realize how my life was comprised of going through the motions and rushing all day long.
I will give you more updates on school as I chug along on this new adventure!
Italian Sub Pasta Salad
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
- 1 lb shaped pasta, cooked according to package instructions
- 2 bell peppers, I used yellow and orange, chopped
- 1/3 cup sliced black olives
- 6 oz hard salami chopped
- 1/3 cup sliced green onions
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 8 oz mozzarella petals, halved
- 1/2 cup chopped banana peppers
- In a large bowl, add pasta and all veggies, meat and cheese. Pour dressing over the top and stir gently to evenly mix all ingredients.
- Cover and store in the fridge about 30 minutes before serving.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Whisk together and set aside