I've made this salad many times. I've used it as a side on special occassions as well as taken it to pot luck suppers. Very easy to make and can be made ahead and refrigerated. We don't care for green chiles so I do omit that item. Sometimes I throw in sliced ripe olives - yummy! Makes a large bowl of pasta salad.
Made this dish for a 4th of July party at our home - it was by far the best pasta salad i've ever had. Not a big fan of those italian dressing based pasta salad, and this one was a nice alternative with lots of delicious veggies. I made the following changes: used the entire box of 12 oz rotini, substitued smoked provalone for smoked mozz, used double the shaved parmesean, substitued a couple swirls of EVOO for the mayo (not necessary), used a 12 oz jar of marinated artichokes, added some chopped cherry tomatoes and chopped red/yellow sweet peppers, along with fresh chopped parsley/basil. Our guests wanted the recipe!
Fabulous salad - made with smoked gouda and sun-dried tomatoes. I omitted green chilis since some family members can't take the slightest heat and it was still great.
This salad was really great. It was so quick and easy to make. Very nice for an after work dinner. I added a few more chilies for a little more heat. Served with a fresh baquette and a beverage on the patio Yummy.
This has become a favorite for my family and friends. I do substitute red pepper flakes, which I mix in with the dressing, for the chopped green chilis and add sun-dried tomatoes.