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Mar 30, 2011 10:44 AM

Do You Really Like Pasta Salad?

As warm weather approaches, pasta salads will begin popping up on other peoples' tables--never mine unless it comes as a potluck offering. As you can tell, I really don't like pasta salad, though I can eat hot pasta every day of the week. So be honest, between pasta salad and any other kind, would you pick the pasta? (PS If necessary, I can tolerate Pesto Pasta Salad but that's because I love pesto.)

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  1. If I had to, I could choke down a tuna/pasta salad. It would be a last resort though. So, between pasta salad and any other kind, I'd pick egg salad, because I could cheerfully eat my weight in deviled eggs.

    1. I'm not a fan of the old tubular pasta salads, but I tried an orzo salad the other day and it was splendid! It had bell peppers, capers, olives, feta, oregano. Yum! So, no, I wouldn't turn my nose up at all pasta salads necessarily.

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      1. re: KayceeK

        That sounds great. Big orzo fan here. Not a fan of the drowned-in-dressing salads that Leo mentions below.

        1. re: Bob W

          Orzo and shrimp salad with lemon dressing, devine!!! Do rice noodles count? I love a Thai salad that I make with rice noodles and tons of fresh herbs with a lime dressing.

        2. re: KayceeK

          I like orzo salads too. The greek version (feta, olives, etc) and last July 4th I made Barefoot Contessa's orzo with roasted vegetables and it was great.

          1. Most pasta salads I seem to encounter are of the macaroni-and-vegetables-in-Italian-dressing variety so I take a pass on that.

            1. Nope, but I really do like cold noodles with sesame sauce and I don't mind adding all sorts of veggies and chicken to that.

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              1. I prefer pasta salad to hot pasta. I think it's likely due to the fact that I love most ingredients that you find in salad vs. hot pasta. I love eggs, mayo, olives, celery, raw bell pepper, etc...

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                1. re: Jelly71

                  See, an old-school pasta salad like that actually sounds good to me.I need to start hanging out at church suppers or something.

                  1. re: LeoLioness

                    I'd tend to prefer those items with potatoes. A kind of potato salad I've enjoyed at people's homes in Italy (no mayo though, olive oil). These people only liked pasta hot, even in summertime. I won't generalise about contemporary Italian home cuisine.

                    I agree about soba with sesame oil or peanut sauce - a whole other critter, and good served cold.

                    Many posters have a salient point about vegetables. Yes, they are good for the health, and delicious if properly prepared. But mismatched, badly chopped veg can be really gross. (Just think broccoli on pizza).