Learning how to make pasta salad is really as
easy as using ingredients you have on hand or using whatever your
imagination comes up with. I love pasta salad because it is so
versatile. You can switch ingredients easily and create a totally
different meal. Try some of these ideas to change up your pasta
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How to Make Pasta Salad- Ingredient Ideas
Add meat such as diced chicken or beef strips for a full
course meal. Also don't forget meats such as crab or
Try using a different dressing whether it is a mayonnaise
based dressing or a vinaigrette you'll get a totally different
flavor as well.
Take advantage of the different pasta shapes. You can use
bowtie pasta, corkscrew, penne, etc. But don't forget other
pasta salad choices such as mini ravioli or tortellini.
Use a lot of color in your salad for more nutrition and eye
appeal. Tri color pasta, chopped tomatoes, carrots, black
olives all are great color in a pasta salad.
How to Make Pasta Salad Recipes
Tortellini Pasta Salad
8 oz. frozen tortellini, cooked and cooled
1 cucumber, diced
1 tomato, diced
1/3 Cup feta cheese
1/3 Cup black olives, sliced
1/4 Cup chopped nuts
Salt and pepper
Cook tortellini and allow to cool about 10 minutes. In salad bowl
add cucumber, tomato, crumbled feta cheese and black olives. Drizzle
olive oil over salad and toss. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle nuts over top.
Cook pasta and drain. Toss with pesto and chopped tomatoes. You can
add more chopped vegetables that you like, too.
Beef Italian Dressing Pasta Salad
3 Cups pasta cooked and drained
2 teaspoons beef flavor bouillon
1 Cup Italian salad dressing
1 Cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lb. Beef strips
2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
6 oz. provolone cheese, cubed
1/2 Cup sliced olives
Brown meat in 1 teaspoon bouillon in oil. Combine meat, pasta,
salad dressing and remaining 1 teaspoon bouillon.
Let stand 15 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and chill. Serve with
grated Parmesan cheese.
How to make Pasta Salad- 7 Layer Recipe
1 Cup noodles, cooked
3 Cups shredded lettuce or chopped cabbage
3-4 hard cooked eggs, sliced
salt and pepper
1 Cup chopped cooked ham
1 Cup chopped salami
1 pkg. Frozen peas, thawed
½ Cup mayonnaise
¼ Cup sour cream
1 teaspoon mustard
1 Cup cheese
Cook macaroni and rinse with cold water.
In serving bowl , (I like to use a glass bowl so you can see the
layers) place lettuce on bottom, top with cooked noodles, cooked
chopped eggs, chopped ham, salami and peas.
Combine mayo, sour cream and mustard together and spread over the
top. Refrigerate overnight.
Sprinkle with cheese before serving.
This needs to be prepared ahead of time and overnight is even
better. Cook the macaroni and eggs at the same time while you are
shredding lettuce, chopping ham and salami.
Kids are great at washing and shredding lettuce. They can add in the
ingredients in the correct layer.
Individual Easy Salad Recipe
Another fun way to serve this is in small individual glass bowls
that everyone can have their own layer salad. If they don't
like the salad dressing leave it off or use a type they do like. Mini Layered Salads
Fresh or frozen peas, unthawed
Salad dressing of choice
Cook 1-2 cups of noodles until tender. In a separate pan boil eggs,
about one per person. Allow to cool. In a glass cup or clear plastic
cups (so you can see the layers), layer lettuce, noodles, eggs,
carrots, peas and drizzle with salad dressing.
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How to Make Pasta Salad More Recipes
Ham Pea Pasta Salad
by Tot Snob Kelly
Any kind of Pasta
Deli Turkey cut up small
Frozen Peas (defrosted in hot water)
Cherry Tomatoes cut in half
Toss with olive oil and salt
Mediterranean Grilled Zucchini Pasta Salad
by Faiza (Pakistan)
At times, salads turn out to be a real lifesaver. Just like pastas
and sandwiches, salads can be prepared with as much time and effort
as you wish to give! Try out this salad recipe to give your meal
that slight exotic twist!
2 cups diced prepared smoked chicken sausage
300 grams of prepared frozen cheese filled tortellini
2 medium sized diced red bell pepper
2 medium sized sliced zucchini
2 cups diced cottage cheese
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomato
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Ingredients for the dressing:
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons white vinegar (optional)
1 finely chopped garlic clove
Cook tortellini pasta according to the directions on the
package. Grease the grill pan with cooking oil. Toss zucchini
slices with garlic powder and grill on the greased grill pan on
medium-low heat for about 3-4 minutes per side. Squeeze out the
excess oil from the sun-dried tomatoes.
To prepare the dressing, whisk white vinegar with olive oil,
oregano, lemon juice and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. In large
bowl, toss grilled cooked pasta, sun-dried tomatoes and zucchini
along with all the other ingredients with the prepared dressing
Italian Pepper Pasta
8 oz. of uncooked bow tie pasta
12 oz. Italian sausage links, cut into 1 in pieces
2 red sweet peppers cut into pieces
1/2 Cup of beef broth
1/4 tsp pepper
Cook the pasta as directed on the package and drain well.
Place the sausage and peppers into a large skillet.
Cook the mixture over medium high heat for 5 minutes, stirring
often, or until the sausage is browned and the peppers are tender.
Drain off any fat.
Pour the broth into the skillet.
Stir in the pepper and bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and cook 5 minutes.
Pour the mixture over the pasta and stir to coat the pasta
Makes 4 servings
Ranch Pasta Salad
An easy recipe with pasta and chopped vegetables. Mixed together
with creamy Ranch dressing.
6 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked
8 slices bacon cooked, cut up
1 large tomato cut up
broccoli, peppers, carrots, whatever vegetables you like
8 oz bag frozen peas
Start with chopping your favorite vegetables into bite size pieces.
I use a food chopper. The more bright vibrant colors the better. I
have broccoli, yellow peppers, carrots and red peppers.
Cook a package of pasta until tender. I'm using shell pasta here.
Mix cooked and cooled pasta with chopped vegetables together in a
Stir in 2 Cups Ranch dressing. I like to make homemade Ranch. If desired stir in
chopped ham or bacon bits. Chill several hours or until ready to
I like to use this vegetable chopper for this recipe, because it
makes small bite size pieces.
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