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favorite pasta salads

recipes please. Thanks.

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    1. re: ROCKLES

      I just made this last weekend for a BBQ and it got monster rave reviews. Somewhat more complicated than the typical pasta salad, and I would have to cover my eyes when looking at the fat/calorie content, but it was really good.

      1. re: travelmad478

        Don't worry about it. It contains spinach and peas, so it's healthy!

      2. re: ROCKLES

        that's one of my very favorites as well! always a hit!

      3. I'm sure there are many threads about pasta salad suggestions and many great ideas here that will be coming in.
        My offering would be that no matter what, try to hold off dressing the pasta salad until just before serving, as the pasta tends to absorb the dressing and get all fat and soggy, yet dry.

        1. One of my favorites is pasta (any shape, I like penne or gemelli best) tossed with chopped grilled chicken, sliced roasted red peppers, crumbled feta and kalamata olives, dressed with garlicky mayonnaise. Finely chopped or chiffonaded fresh herbs (oregano or basil are especially nice) and lots of fresh ground black pepper to finish. Super simple but really delicious.

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          1. re: biondanonima

            what is garlicky mayo/ just minced garlic mixed with mayo?

            1. re: lilmomma

              I usually use my garlic press and press several cloves into Hellman's mayonnaise, but a homemade aioli with garlic would be delicious too. I've also used a combination of fresh and roasted garlic, which added a sweet, nutty dimension.

              1. re: biondanonima

                When I'm making it in the Cuisinart I drop a peeled clove or two into the machine while it's running, then proceed to make the mayonnaise as usual. Try THAT on a ham sandwich!

            2. re: biondanonima

              I just ate, yet I'm kind of craving this. I think I'll make it when it's hot and sticky out again in the next few days!

            3. It's nothing fancy at all, but here goes my favorite (via my wife). Pasta (rotini), a can of tuna, chopped green olives, and mayo. Mix all together, let sit, add some more mayo and serve.

              1. My son's favorite is mayo-based: elbow noodles with chopped celery, cucumber, red pepper, red onion, hard-boiled eggs (I usually just use the whites), and a can or 2 of tuna (well-drained & shredded), all mixed with mayo. Makes a decent light summer meal, easy enough to toss together & keep on hand to feed the always-hungry boy.