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Pasta salad?

So I saw a post last week referring to no mayo pasta salad.

I usually am not a pasta salad fan, but I think I have only had it with mayo or miracle whip which I am not a fan of....

If you make pasta salad, how do you do it?


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  • Rotini pasta, zesty Italian dressing, small cubes of cheese, diced onion and pepper, and baby tomatoes.  You could add just about anything you want though - meat (pepperoni, ham, etc.), other veggies...
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  • We make our pasta salad with tortellini, Italian dressing, peppers, mozzarella, and parmesan.  
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    Rotini pasta, zesty Italian dressing, small cubes of cheese, diced onion and pepper, and baby tomatoes.  You could add just about anything you want though - meat (pepperoni, ham, etc.), other veggies...

    pretty much this, plus sliced mushrooms and sometimes grilled chicken. 

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  • I make this one:

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/pasta-salad-with-tomatoes-zucchini-and-feta/

    Lemon juice, olive oil, tomatoes, zucchini, parsley and feta cheese. I use tomato basil feta for a little more flavor and color, but regular feta is fine.

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  • I've never had it with mayo either.

    pasta, cucumber, onion, tomato, Italian dressing  


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    reek salad.  I am seeing some with tomatoes, feta cheese.  Do you think it would be good with balsamic vinegar?


  • Mayo in pasta salad isn't even pasta salad to me!

    Italian dressing, tri-colored rotini noodles, cubed provolone cheese, pepperoni chunks and raw broccoli. Mmm.

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    So, I love g

    reek salad.  I am seeing some with tomatoes, feta cheese.  Do you think it would be good with balsamic vinegar?

    yup.  


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    Rotini pasta, zesty Italian dressing, small cubes of cheese, diced onion and pepper, and baby tomatoes.nbsp; You could add just about anything you want though meat pepperoni, ham, etc., other veggies...

    Mine is similar to this. I sometimes add chicken, Franks hot sauce [my chef friend who recommended adding hot sauce told me to make sure to use Franks, so I have only used that], and /or crushed croutons [stirred in right before serving].

    Another easy pasta salad is similar to the previous one but use Caesar dressing instead of Italian [and don't put hot sauce in this one]. I have seen black olives included in the Caesar version, but I don't like olives.
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    Rotini pasta, zesty Italian dressing, small cubes of cheese, diced onion and pepper, and baby tomatoes.  You could add just about anything you want though - meat (pepperoni, ham, etc.), other veggies...

    Mine is close to this only I add broccoli, black olives and carrots. The real recipe calls for salami but I don't normally have any.

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  • I do the Italian one discussed above.

    I also do one with grilled chicken and a half ranch/half Italian mix. It's too unhealthy for all the time, but once in awhile I make it as a guilty pleasure thing.

    I also do one with bow ties cubed mozzerella, whatever veggies I have, tomatoes, black pepper, olive oil and basalmic. Kind of like a doctored up Caprese salad. I've also done it with cheese tortellini and then skipped the cubed mozz.

    I despise mayo so I never make it that way..although it's all the rage here.

  • I make a Greek Pasta Salad. 

    I buy two bottles of greek salad dressing.  

    I crockpot two chicken breasts with the first bottle for 4 hours on high.  I then shred the chicken into bite size pieces.

    Then I cook lb of pasta to al dente.

    I will slice tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and kalamata olives.  I will add peppercinnis and extra feta cheese. 

    toss the chicken, pasta, feta and the veggies and toss in the other bottle of dressing

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  • I usually make bruschetta (diced plum tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, basil, sometimes red onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar) and toss it in penne with grated parmesan.
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  • Greek inspired pasta salad. Bowtie or penne, balsamic vinegar, feta, basil, olive oil, olives, zucchini, lemon juice, cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper. Sometimes I do cucumbers and summer squash too. 
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  • I make a few different ones that don't include mayo.

    First one is bowtie pasta, pepperoni slices cut into quarters, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes cut in half and greek salad dressing. Sometimes I will even add black olives if I have them. It is a really great salad.

    Second one it cheese tortellinis, crumbled bacon, chopped broccoli, mozzarella cheese (either shredded or fresh cut into cubes) an a light vinigarette of your choice.

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  • I have only ever used oil is pasta salad...when there is mayo I think macaroni salad. Blech.
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    I have only ever used oil is pasta salad...when there is mayo I think macaroni salad. Blech.

    I thought the exact same thing, they are two totally different salads (except I do like macaroni salad too)  Embarrassed

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    image KateMW:
    I have only ever used oil is pasta salad...when there is mayo I think macaroni salad. Blech.

    I thought the exact same thing, they are two totally different salads (except I do like macaroni salad too)  Embarrassed

    I won't even admit the one macaroni salad I do like...it's my secret shame. 

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    Yea...mayo makes it macaroni salad, which I don't eat. Pasta salad for me has italian or basalmic vinegrette and I like black olives, red bell pepper, artichoke hearts, and sometimes cherry tomatoes sliced in half.

    But greek pasta salad sounds really and I will be making it soon!

    I take it back. My mom has a recipe that has black beans, corn, cumin and uses mayo. And I like that one.
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