How to make it

  • Boil pasta according to package directions, adding the broccoli during the last 1 - 2 minutes of cooking time. To get the best result, test a noodle; if it’s almost done, add the broccoli. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool.
  • Prepare other ingredients as directed. At least 4 hours before serving, put everything into a large bowl except for the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  • Mix the salad dressing and mayonnaise in a small bowl, whisk to combine well. Pour half of the dressing over salad ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Refrigerate remaining dressing. The salad will absorb a lot of the dressing while it is chilling. Before serving, check the salad; it may need to be re-dressed. If so, just add enough of the remaining dressing until the salad is coated to your liking. Chill until ready to serve.

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  • fizzle3nat 6 years ago
    @Alex29 - I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the salad. Perhaps you needed a bit more dressing? As noted in the recipe, I always mix a bit more dressing and reserve it. I notice that the pasta seems to absorb the dressing while chilling, which can leave it a bit bland, if you serve it that way. I usually re-dress it with some of the remaining dressing to ensure that it has the right flavor and texture before I serve it. With cooking, you have more freedom and should always do things "to taste". :)

    One other thing worth mentioning...I always use the Kraft Zesty Italian dressing for this recipe - I find it is a very aggressively seasoned dressing that works well when cut with the mayonnaise. I've had other Italian dressings and have found those to be much milder than the Kraft Zesty Italian. Perhaps that was the issue?
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    " It was not good "
    alex29 ate it and said...
    It looked really good but it did not have flavor I was hoping it would have. :'(
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  • dixiediner 10 years ago
    You know I'm keeping this one.
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  • 22566 10 years ago
    Impressive recipe,Thank-you.

    Will print and try sometime soon.
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    " It was excellent "
    lanacountry ate it and said...
    LOVE it, HIGH ^5 !! * * * * *
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