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Layered Summertime Salad

Luscious layers of pasta and veggies make up this super summer salad that can be prepared ahead of time for warm-weather picnics and deck parties. It easily feeds a crowd. —Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked gemelli or spiral pasta
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 4 cups torn romaine
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar and garlic powder; set aside. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; toss with onions and half of the bacon.
  • In a large salad bowl, layer half the romaine, pasta mixture, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, red pepper, mayonnaise mixture and cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 186 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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