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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes

Zesty Pasta Salad

Type of Cuisine: Local
Provided By: Sharon Dang Sahara
Category: Local Favorite Pupu
From: Hanapēpē

Melvin Dang
Hanapēpē is a special place to our family. My dad, Melvin Dang, grew up in his family’s store, Sun Kwong Sing, on the banks of the Hanapēpē River and he graduated from Waimea High School. He was President of the Kauaʻi Rotary Club of West Kauaʻi and the Hanapēpē Merchants Association. He created the slogan and led the project for the "Welcome to Hanapēpē, Kauaʻi's Biggest Little Town" sign located at both entrances to the town. He was also a tennis player for the Hanapēpē Knockers and was an avid fisherman.


1 boxRotelli pasta - cooked
¾ bottleKraft Zesty Italian Dressing – 16 oz. bottle
Sliced meatsGoteborg, dry Gallo Italian salami, and/or ham
1 candrained dark kidney beans
1 candrained garbanzo beans
1 canblack olives, sliced
1 eachred, yellow, and green peppers, sliced
1large sweet round onion, sliced
3 ribscelery
1-2 small traysgrape tomatoes, halved
½ cupsun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and sliced
¾ cupstuffed green olives, sliced
½ blockmild cheddar cheese, chopped in small pieces
Optionalfeta cheese


  1. Add Italian dressing to cooked pasta and mix well -- let pasta absorb dressing
  2. Add rest of ingredients and gently mix
  3. Top with feta cheese – optional
  4. Chill at least 2 hours
  5. Add more dressing if desired

Recipe submitted by Sharon Dang Sahara, Daughter of Melvin Dang