Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pasta Salad with Salad Toppins

I've been a fan of Spice Island spices for years, and I still buy them frequently, but I have to tell you, McCormick has created some spice blends and products that I really like.  I told you about "Recipe Inspirations" recently, but now I've discovered their "Perfect Pinch" line of seasonings.  They are blends of spices like "Salad Supreme Seasoning" used in the following recipe.  McCormick says this blend of Romano cheese, sesame and poppy seeds, paprika, garlic, and black pepper adds great flavor and a colorful garnish to tossed salads or pasta salads.

8 oz pasta (bow tie or penne)
1 cup Italian salad dressing
2 Tbsp McCormick Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme Seasoning
3 cups assorted vegetables, such as broccoli florets, sliced carrots, yellow bell pepper strips and cherry tomato halves
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3/4 cup McCormick Salad Toppins, divided

Cook pasta as directed on package.  Rinse under cold water; drain well.  Place pasta in large bowl.  Add dressing, seasoning, vegetables and 1/2 cup of the Salad Toppins; toss gently.  Cover.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Toss lightly before serving.  Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup Salad Toppins over salad.

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