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Random question- where can I find a good prepared Pasta Salad?

efbake Aug 8, 2012 01:51 PM

Have a pot luck cook out to go to Saturday and I will not have enough time to make pasta salad for 40. Any suggestions for a deli/market that I can order pasta salad? I live in West Roxbury but am willing to drive somewhat for it. The crowd I am serving is very basic.

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    bakerboyz RE: efbake Aug 8, 2012 02:22 PM

    Maybe not great but Roche Bros in West Roxbury.

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      smtucker RE: efbake Aug 8, 2012 07:58 PM

      I generally really dislike Whole Food prepared foods, but their macaroni salad is strangely delicious. It needs more salt, of course, and sometimes I add some smoked mozzarella and/or fresh herbs just to liven it up. The price of this salad however, might preclude purchasing enough for 40 people.

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        bear RE: smtucker Aug 9, 2012 04:16 AM

        I agree with the WF macaroni salad. I am not a fan of their prepared foods in general, but the mac salad is tasty and worth eating.

        The Fresh pond WF usually has it in larger tubs during barbecue season for much less than the usual rip-off prices. The Framingham store doesn't seem to have the larger quantity deal, so call first if you decide to go with it.

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          katzzz RE: bear Aug 9, 2012 08:32 AM

          Yes, I agree with the above posters. Usually not a fan of WF prepared foods, but the macaroni salad is very good (much better than their cole slaw and potato salad).

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            yumyum RE: katzzz Aug 10, 2012 11:51 AM

            I love the Mac salad at WF. My favorite guilty pleasure there is a few chicken tenders from the hot bar and a nice pile of creamy cold Mac.

      2. BlueMagic RE: efbake Aug 9, 2012 04:40 AM

        I usually hate prepared salads, but someone brought a bow tie pasta salad from Stop and Shop for a potluck and it was really..really good.

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          Berheenia RE: BlueMagic Aug 9, 2012 05:15 AM

          I've been pleasantly surprised with the Stop and Shop for prepared summer salads. I would try the Dedham one. I would also recommend picking up a few pounds of pickled or marinated stuff from their olive bar and chopping it coarsley and using it to doctor the store bought salad.

        2. tazia RE: efbake Aug 9, 2012 04:54 AM

          Wegman's, if you're willing to make the drive. They have a variety, and they're all delicious. I am fond of the greek one and the tomato/mozz.

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            tartandfit RE: efbake Aug 9, 2012 06:45 AM

            Russo's usually has one or two in the case. Would be worth a phone call.

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              efbake RE: efbake Aug 10, 2012 08:30 AM

              Thank you for your suggestions. I am going to check out Whole Foods and Russos!

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