Recipe Review Pasta Salad from Allrecipes Magazine

I think I have cooked maybe 3 things since my nightmare began about 2 months ago.  My norm is to try new recipes every week. I used to find such joy in the attempt to find new recipes.  I no longer find that joy but I will go through the motions in hope of finding joy in the things that I once loved.  I know it will take time.
I think I made this for July 4th.  A pasta recipe I found in a new magazine.
I studied the recipe.....
Awesome Pasta Salad
Awesome Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 30 MinutesReady In: 40 Minutes
Submitted By:IrlandesCook Time: 10 MinutesServings: 16
"This pasta salad - made with Provolone, salami, pepperoni, bell peppers, and black olives tossed with fusili pasta and Italian salad dressing - is very easy to make, AND can be prepared in 45 minutes or less."
1 (16 ounce) package fusilli (spiral)
3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 pound provolone cheese,
cubed (I did not use this, but I should have)
1/2 pound salami, cubed (I used Hard Salami)
1/4 pound sliced pepperoni, cut in
half (I did not use this)
1 large green bell pepper, cut into
1 inch pieces (I did not use this)
1 (10 ounce) can black olives,
drained (Not an olive person so I did not use this)
1 (4 ounce) jar pimentos, drained (did not use)
1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian salad
1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and rinse with cold water.
2.In a large bowl, combine pasta with tomatoes, cheese, salami, pepperoni, green pepper, olives, and pimentos. Pour in salad dressing, and toss to coat.
I gathered my ingredients...

With this recipe you can pretty much add anything you like.  Next time I would add the cubed provolone, I think that would add a nice touch to the salad.  I had some shredded cheddar so I added that. I also took the advice of one of the readers who said to add a bit of sugar to take the edge off the Italian dressing.  I added about a teaspoon and it was not sweet but just right!



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