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T.J.’s Spring Salad

Last summer, I got a little tired of those boxed / pre-made pasta salads. They were just too heavy with all that mayo. So I grabbed the first bag of noodles I found in the pantry (little did I know how great it would be).

This spring salad is so light and so tasty, you will want to make it all the time and keep left overs in the fridge for mid afternoon snacks.

I made this dish again a few weeks ago and it was so tasty. I know it says “spring salad” but I am sure it is just as tasty in any season!

So light, you will want to sit on the porch and eat it all afternoon!


  • 5 oz Grape Tomatoes
  • 6 oz (dry) Tri-Color Rotini Noodles
  • 5 oz Black Olives (halved or chopped)
  • 2 TBSP Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Mozzerella cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Cut Cherry Tomatoes in half
  2. Half or Chop the Olives
  3. Place tomatoes and olives in container in fridge to cool
  4. Bring 4 cups water to rolling boil (add 1 teaspoon salt for taste). Boil Rotini on medium-high heat till aldente (8-9 min)
  5. Drain Pasta and place in container with lid.
  6. Added crumbled Mozzarella and parsley (while noodles are hot).
  7. Place lid on container and shake to mix noodles, parsley and cheese. Place in fridge to cool (20-30 min)
  8. Once cool Mix in Tomatoes and Olives and sitr together.
  9. Add Olive Oil, 1/2 tsp pepper, 3/4 tsp salt.
  10. Mix again, slowly folding using spoon or spatula.
  11. Serve Immediately or store with lid.
  12. (If stored, mix again before serving)

NOTE: I have been making this for a while now. I started to switch up the cheese. Try waiting for the salad to cool and adding small cubes of pepper-jack instead of mozzarella.


2 comments on “T.J.’s Spring Salad

  1. Northern Narratives
    June 14, 2012

    Homemade always taste better than the box/pre-made salads 🙂

    • TJ
      June 14, 2012

      I have always loved to cook, but back in the day, cooking for me was more Preparing a precooked deal. So when I tried this out (sans recipe) I was surprised at how great it was. I am much more of a cook now-a-days. So Yes I am in ABSOLUTE AGREEMENT.

      Thanks for the comment.

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