Can this photo do this salad justice? Never. This pasta salad is AMAZING. It has toasted pine nuts, fresh roma tomatoes and basil pesto that make it unique. Mmmmm. My mouth is just watering looking at the picture. I've made this several times and every time it is a HUGE hit. Make it for your next BBQ - or just come to mine; it'll be there for sure!
Oh! and I got it from Mel's Kitchen Cafe (formerly known as "My Kitchen Cafe.")
Tri-Color Pasta Salad
1 12 oz. package Tri-Colored Rotini Pasta, cooked and drained
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 small can sliced black olives
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
6 fresh basil leaves, diced (important that they're fresh, not dried - it does make a difference)
4 Tbs. basil pesto
2/3 cup creamy Caesar dressing
1 tsp. saute spice (equal parts black pepper, salt and garlic powder)
1 cup toasted pine nuts.
Cook pasta, drain and coat with Caesar dressing while still warm. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the pine nuts) and toss. Top with toasted pine nuts.