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Served warm or cold, pasta salad is delicious either as an entree or side dish. This page contains pasta salad recipes.
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By 13 found this helpful
December 26, 2014

Don't get me wrong, I love those rich and creamy sauces just like everybody else! :) I have to say though, this is actually quite tasty despite being a healthier option. My whole family loved it, and that's saying a lot! :)

Pretty, tasty, easy to make, and you won't be eating a weeks worth of calories in one sitting. Bonus!

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Total Time: About 30 minutes

Yield: About 10-12 cups

Source: Trying to copy something I ate at a gathering years ago:)

Ingredients:

  • 2 12 oz. boxes Tri - Color Rotini
  • 1 16 oz. bottle Italian Dressing
  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 12 oz cans Black Olives
  • 1 pt Grape Tomatoes

You can easily halve this recipe.

Steps:

  1. In a large pot with just a splash of oil, boil your noodles just until tender enough to eat. Don't overcook them, the end product tastes much better if your noodles are still somewhat firm.
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  3. Drain your noodles immediately, run cold water over them to stop the cooking process. Place them in the fridge to chill while cutting your vegetables.
  4. Peel and dice 4 carrots.
  5. Cut all of your olives in half.
  6. Quarter your grape tomatoes.
  7. Place all of your vegetables in the bowl with your pasta, add your bottle of Italian dressing, mix well.
  8. Serve chilled. Enjoy!
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July 26, 20115 found this helpful
The flavor and juiciness of rotisserie chicken makes this pasta salad a hit with me. You can serve this dish immediately or refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend more and serve cold. Either way it's yummy :-)
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • Zest of 1 medium fresh lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 medium red onion, halved and sliced
  • 5 oz mozzarella, cut into 1/2 cubes

Directions:

Cook penne al dente according to package instructions, drain and set aside to cool.

Whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, basil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Combine pasta, chicken, tomato, onion and mozzarella in a large serving bowl, toss well, evenly coat with vinaigrette, toss again and serve.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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May 29, 20124 found this helpful
This salad tastes great switching the Parmesan cheese with crumbled feta too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. rotini
  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
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  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz.) fresh Parmesan, finely shredded

Directions:

Cook rotini al dente according to package directions, drain and set aside.

Blanch asparagus until slightly tender, about 2 to 3 minutes, give immediate ice bath, drain and lay out on a towel to remove excess moisture.

Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, dill, mustard and garlic in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Toss asparagus, tomatoes and pasta in a large bowl, add Parmesan and dressing, gently toss to coat, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to let flavors meld.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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By 0 found this helpful
March 10, 2006

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry pasta shells
  • 1 (8 oz) can small young peas
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip)
  • 1 packet (dry) ranch dressing mix
  • 3-4 peeled, shredded carrots
  • bacon bits (as desired)
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder

Directions

Cook pasta shells as directed on package. Add in carrots too when you cook the shells (about 10 minutes) drain, rinse with cold water. Put into a large bowl. Toss in can of peas, drained.

In separate bowl, mix ranch dressing, bacon bits, onion powder and mayonnaise (I use Miracle Whip.)

Add your pasta, carrots and pea mixture. Stir well and place in refrigerator until chilled.

(This is as good as the stuff you buy in the box and much cheaper to make)

P.S. Just add desired amount of bacon bits, it's really up to the individual making this if they would like a little more or a little less.)

By imaqt1962 from illinois

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January 26, 2015

A delicious, lemony cold pasta salad.

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By 5 found this helpful
August 9, 2010

Cook pasta according to package directions. Put pea pods, carrots, and broccoli in a large amount of boiling water until broccoli turns bright green. Combine pasta and all vegetables except tomatoes in bowl.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 19, 2009

When you make pasta (mac, etc.), save 3 or more cups of it. Rinse it and put in the fridge for pasta salad the next day.

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December 2, 20160 found this helpful

This page contains a 3 bean pasta salad recipe. Assorted beans and pasta make a delicious main dish salad.

3 bean pasta salad

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May 4, 2009

A colorful salad, a little different, and fairly calorie wise. Combine ingredients and chill until serving.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 20, 2007

For salad, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water. In salad bowl, combine all salad ingredients; set aside.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 17, 2006

Try this pasta salad for a wonderful side dish.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 17, 2006

I am looking for a plain pasta salad recipe. Just with the tri-colored pasta, some type of salad dressing, and some parmesan? Does anyone have a very plain recipe?

Thanks,
Snowbells from New Jersey

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 18, 20060 found this helpful

How about your pasta and parmesan, mixed with italian dressing or garlic oil and vinegar?

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 18, 20060 found this helpful

I agree with the previous poster. Chill some pasta, add italian dressing, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. I like to add croutons to mine.

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

I just make up some tri-colored pasta, and use Good Seasons Italian Dressing on it. top with some grated parm cheese. Awesome! I think I will make some now! lol

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 18, 20060 found this helpful

Ranch dressing with bacon bits added to cooked pasta and parm is good too.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 18, 20060 found this helpful

If you want something a little different, but still simple try this: instead of Italian dressing, mix half and half vinegar&oil dressing with pesto and top with feta cheese instead of parmesan. If I have a few minutes I'll also add some chopped zucchini and left-over chicken, but it's great even without the extras.

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

Whenever I make pasta salad I'm never sure how it's going to turn out. Sometimes I use pasta tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. Other times I use pasta, maybe some tomatoes, olives, onions. It just depends on what I'm in the mood for.

The only thing I consitently use is italian dressing.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 18, 20060 found this helpful

Hi. You will not want to believe it, but THE absolute best dressing for pasta is found at Dollar General. It's called Zesty Italian and it is $1 a bottle. I didn't believe it either, but try it! It's delicious! My favorite pasta salad is rotini, green peppers, carrots, onion, green olives, parmesan and hard salami. Pour on the DG dressing and let it sit for a couple hours. Stir and enjoy. Sometimes I make it with just the pasta and the green olives with the dressing and parm -- I love the saltiness of the olives. Boy, now I'm hungry!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 18, 20060 found this helpful

My recipe --

1 box rainbow spiral pasta, cooked

1 tomato chopped

1 onion, sliced

1/2 cucumber, chopped

1/2 green pepper, chopped

Black olives, sliced

1/4 cup Parm cheese, grated

1/2 bottle Italian dressing

Combine ingredients, let stand overnight. Before serving, add a little more dressing if it is too dry!

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

this recipe actually won a free dinner at a local ponderosa type buffet.

It is simply the dressing you'd use for potato salad

mayo, mustard, pickle relish, a little vineagar.

Add to cooked , rinsed pasta anything you would put in a vegetable salad, except the lettuce. Cukes, radishes, tomatoes, onion, pepper, celery, celery seed . even pimento adds color and flavor. The longer it sits the better it is. Enjoy, Ceil

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 18, 20060 found this helpful

The trick to my pasta salad is the RED onion cut up VERY small!!!!

Gives it an awesome taste........along with everything else.........!!!

Cindy

Louisiana

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 18, 20060 found this helpful

"An easy, yet very yummy pasta salad. Almost any type of pasta may be used. Best if left to sit overnight."

Original recipe yield: 12 servings.

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

12 Minutes

Ready In:

30 Minutes

Servings:

12 (change)

INGREDIENTS:

* 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked rotini pasta

* 1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian salad dressing

* 2 cucumbers, chopped

* 6 tomatoes, chopped

* 1 bunch green onions, chopped

* 4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

* 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 12 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

2. In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with the Italian dressing, cucumbers, tomatoes, and green onions. In a small bowl, mix the Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning, and gently mix into the salad. Cover, and refrigerate until serving.

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April 19, 20060 found this helpful

pasta salad that we love is ;

olive oil, red wine vinegar and italian spices

we add crumbled feta cheese and small cherry tomatoes then small pieces of pepperoni cut up

it goes fast when I make this

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 19, 20060 found this helpful

My sister tells me she makes it with bottled Italian salad dressing and whatever she has in her refrigerator. She uses up all the leftover veggies. It can include peas, olives, cucumbers, etc. This is how she cleans out her refrig in the summer.

For a change, why not try it with mayo or salad dressing and tuna, etc.?

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 19, 20060 found this helpful

Get some Salad Supreme in the spice dept. It is a mix of spices. Cut up tomatoes, cukes and cauliflower if you like. Sprinkle about 1/2 bottle of the Supreme on these and let sit overnight. Then in the morning mix the veggies, do not drain, with the cooked noodles and pour Zesty Italian dressing over all. Delicious!

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 19, 20060 found this helpful

I use Good Seasons Italian dressing and add whatever veggies I have. Will work great with just the pasta and parmesan!

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 20, 20060 found this helpful

thanks for all the great ideas!!!!!!!!!

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April 25, 20060 found this helpful

Suggestion: Instead of using parmesan cheese that comes in a can and is finely grated, use cheese cubes. I had it once and it was fabulous.

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May 2, 20060 found this helpful

use the tri colored pasta cook and cool pasta add cherry tomatoes cut in half, diced cucumbers black olives green olives,cubed motz cheese, add bottled Italian dressing and mix well just before serving add your parmasan cheese this is an easy salad and every one loves it I make it for partys and pot luck dinners it is alway a hit Hope you enjoy

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 20, 20070 found this helpful

I add Artichoke hearts to mine...mmmmmm

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By 0 found this helpful
June 11, 2009

I am looking for some great meatless, cold pasta salads. I am not looking for exotic recipes. I would like ones that are simply made, like the ones our mothers and grandmothers made. I sure would love to hear from you. Thank you and God Bless.

By angelheart from Clyde, TX

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June 12, 20090 found this helpful

I use black and green olives, some baby carrots sliced maybe some vidala onion and celery. Use mayo with a little Italian dressing. Comes out yummy!

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By 0 found this helpful
July 16, 2010

I use Dreamfield Pasta for macaroni salad and it is very dry no matter what I do. I even cook pasta for 8 minutes, then let it soak in cold water for 10 minutes so it won't absorb as much liquid (my mom's secret). Does someone have a juicy recipe for the dressing? Is the Dreamfield the problem?

By Joan

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