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Whether as a main course or to accompany a light lunch, here are some great recipes for cold pasta salads.

CLASSIC PASTA SALAD
Ingredients
1 lb. rotini (corkscrew) pasta
1 jar ranch dressing or creamy Italian
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 cup olives, chopped

Directions
Boil the pasta until firm. Cut up vegetables and add to pasta. Gently stir in dressing and refrigerate for one hour. Serves 4.

COLD SPAGHETTI SALAD
Ingredients
1 lb. spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1/4 cup crumbled parmesan cheese
1 tomato, finely diced

Directions
Boil pasta until firm. Add parmesan and tomato, and chill for one hour before serving. Serves 4.

SHRIMP AND PASTA SALAD
Ingredients
1 lb. rotini (corkscrew) pasta
1/2 lb. small shrimp, peeled and cooked
1 avocado, diced
1 lemon

Directions
Boil pasta until firm. Add shrimp and avocado, and squeeze lemon juice over the mixture. Chill for one hour before serving. Serves 4.