I recently got the new Pampered Chef Manual Food Processor, so I thought I'd use it help with all of the chopping.
This picture wouldn't load the correct way. I just took it to show what the MFP looks like in pieces.
First you start by getting the water ready for the noodles. You want to bring the salted water to boil and cook the noodles per the directions, but making sure the noodles are al dente.
Second I cut up the veggies while the noodles are cooking and put them in a bowl large enough to mix the pasta salad in.
I didn't use the Manual Food Processor (MFP) on the cucumbers. To cut up the cucumbers, I first peeled the skin off. Then, I cut it in half length wise. Laying (what was) the middle of the cucumber on my cutting board, I cut that in half length wise. That left me with 4 long strips per cucumber. I then cut them into bite size pieces.
The peppers were next. I washed them, then cut the tops and bottoms off and removed all the seeds. Normally, I would cut into strips and then bites sized pieces, but this time I used my MFP. What a time saver!
This is what the peppers looked like when I was done.
Same thing with the green peppers. This is only part of 1 green pepper.
The red onions at the store looked pretty bad, so I used a vidalia onion.
After the noodles are finished cooking, put them in a strainer in the sink and run them under cold water. I used my spoon to stir them and make sure they all get a good rinse to get the salt off. The cold water also helps to cool them off.
The store also didn't have rotini noodles... so I made due with these.
Unfortunately, my camera battery died. The rest is the easy part, though! With the veggies cut up in the bowl, mix them together well. Take the Mrs Dash and coat the veggies generously. Make sure all the veggies have Mrs Dash on them, then mix well. Add the noodles to the veggies, mix well. This is not always very easy until you add the dressing. With 2 16oz bottles, I use a bottle and a half of dressing. I mix it well, then transfer it to a container with a lid. You could also make in the container that you want to store it in. Then you refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Right before serving, you want to mix well. If it looks like it might be a little dry, add some of the remaining dressing, and mix well.
You can very easily turn this into a family favorite! Be creative! Try new things! Enjoy!