Pasta Salad recipes
Hi I was wondering how pasta salad is made these days. What ingredients are you using to make the perfect pasta salad?
My recent fave is penne, oven-dried tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, and torn basil with a simple mayo/oikos dressing. You can add diced chicken for protein.
My current favorite is Confetti Pasta Salad. It's using a ditalini pasta, diced red/green/orange/yellow peppers, diced red onion, diced celery, mayo, dijon mustard, s&p, paprika, thyme and lemon pepper. It's very colorful and tastes wonderful.
The other is the good old standby of Rotini pasta (I like rainbow), cubes of cheddar and swiss cheese, onion and a small jar of pimentos. Top with Italian Dressing.
Both are huge hits at gatherings and I never come home with leftovers.
I love my pasta salad! Here goes…(this makes a lot)…
Boil orzo (about 2/3 of a box)
while that is boiling…
Halve 1 English cucumber lengthwise, then thinly slice (to make half moon shapes)
Halve a bunch of cherry or grape tomatoes
Thinly julienne 1 large orange or yellow pepper
Very thinly slice about 1/2 of a red pepper (and then slice the slices in half)
Open a jar of pitted kalamata olives, and slice about 1/2 the jar in half
Throw all the veggies in very large bowl, and cover with 1 (or more) package of crumbled feta. Once the orzo is done, drain and throw hot over the veggies and cheese. Mix everything vigirously, then refridgerate (the feta kind of melts and coats the orzo). When ready to serve, use whatever bottle of Greek Vinagrette you want to buy. If you are feeling industrious, you can add some minced Italian parsley and mint. Enjoy!
Totally agree! It's nice to have basic recipes that you can build on. We eat lots of roasted veggies in the winter and I often end up making Ina's recipe with the leftover veggies. Add some leftover chicken or steak and it makes a wonderful lunch to bring to work.
I do admit to be pretty boring with potato salad. It usually the traditional American version or hot German with bacon. What are some of the creatives takes that you make? Would love some fresh ideas!
Some of my plays on potato salad are:
Traditional pealed Idaho diced potatoes/diced hard boiled eggs/diced onion/diced pickles/mayo/mustard
Cooked, quartered baby red potatoes, sliced green onion, dijon mustard, S&P, mayo, dash of red wine vinegar.
Obviously the standard German Potato Salad
There is a "mashed" potato salad, which goes over well.
I also like to do a Dill potato salad.
I know there is more, but at the moment, I'm brain dead!
I have lots of others, but they are not "potato or pasta" based.
My sister makes a great pasta salad with:
1 lb corkscrew pasta
1 english cucumber diced
Chopped sundried tomatoes
Chopped red bell pepper
Marinated artichoke hearts
Use some of the liquid from the marinated artichoke hearts whisked into olive oil and a little more red wine vinegar, or lemon if its around. She does shaved parmesan on the side since there are dairy free people in our gatherings.
Adding in some chickpeas or white beans it makes a great summer lunch.