Pasta Salad Recipes
This is one of my standard pasta salads for potlucks or parties. It's vegetarian and so good! Don't skimp with the dressing because the tortellini soak up a lot of dressing. I estimated the dressing amounts so you just need to taste for yourself.
This may have some strange ingredients but it is the only kind of macaroni salad I will eat! It started as a fourth grade experiment on trying to incorporate all five food groups into a simple tasty recipe.
We served this at our twin daughters' graduation open house. Since that time it is our most requested pasta salad. My daughters will make batches of this to take back to college to share with their friends. Scale back the salt and MSG if it suits your tastes or needs but in this recipe the amounts listed blend in very nicely.
Chickpea fusilli is tossed with marinated vegetables and cheese then dressed in a fresh herb pesto to create a hearty pasta salad to serve at your next potluck. The oils and vinegar in the marinated ingredients helps create a savory dressing. This vegetarian meal can also be served in small quantities for a fun appetizer at your next get-together.
If you want to do something new with an old classic give this one a shot.
Apples oranges and pasta -- something fresh for a hot summer's day. Substitute red bell pepper for a change of color.
This is a slightly healthier version of a BLT pasta salad. The quinoa pasta adds protein and is a healthier choice. A pound of cooked and drained bacon can be substituted for the real bacon bits for special occasions or if unconcerned about the fat grams!
This was made for our family's lunch at the pool! In the summer time we spend most of our time together at the pool and BBQ-ing. But this was lunch so we wanted something COLD FAST and of course TASTY! So since I'm mostly European I thought my family would really enjoy something a little more NORMAL to their palettes.
This has been made by my family for years; not sure where it came from. Great for cookouts or picnics since there is no mayo. Best if made the day before to let flavors blend. Serve with your favorite chicken pork or beef as a refreshing side dish. You can substitute red yellow or orange peppers for the green to add extra color to this dish.
A fabulous way to turn your leftovers into a high-protein pasta salad with chicken. The most perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner.