Spice Rub Pasta Salad

img_0116.jpgWhat a delicious idea! Put together a spice rub, mix it into rinsed, cold pasta, then add whatever else you want such as green and/or black olives, diced ham or salami, drained artichoke hearts – you have endless possibilities here. Oh, then you add your choice of Italian dressing. You’re gonna love it.

Spice Rub Mix:

2 Tbsp. grated cheese
2 tsp. sesame seeds OR see below
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. poppy seeds
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 box pasta of your choice (I used Barilla penne)

8 oz. Italian dressing – your pick, whisked with 2 tsp. sesame oil if not using seeds

Prepare the pasta; drain well then rinse with cold water and drain again. Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle, mix, sprinkle, mix the spice rub mix in. Then add your Italian dressing and anything else you wanna put in there. Mix very well and either refrigerate till serving or serve now. The taste improves over longer refrigeration time.


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