(Closed) What do you put in your pasta salad?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My favorite is a slightly non-traditional orzo, pine nut, and feta salad. It always gets tons of compliments when I bring it to cookouts and potlucks.


1 lb orzo

3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

½ cup olive oil

½ cup toasted pine nuts

1¼ cups crumbled feta (~6 oz)

1 cup thinly sliced scallions


Cook orzo in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water, then drain well.


Whisk together lemon juice, oil, and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl, then add hot orzo and toss.  Cool orzo, then toss with pine nuts, feta, and scallion greens.  Season with salt and pepper.


Cooking Notes:

Toast pine nuts in a shallow baking pan in a 350 degree oven until golden, 5-10 minutes.


Makes 8 side-dish servings

Post # 4
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

How about grating some carrots? That will add a pop of color with the green peppers! And pasta salad always looks pretty with a small spiral pasta shape!

Post # 5
1564 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I like using the wheel shaped pasta. Easiest to grab with a fork. My family recipe puts broccoli and olives in but I make mine with just italian dressing, mozzarella, pepperoni, and red peppers.

Post # 6
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

In addition to the pepperoni, cheese, and green peppers, I usually put olives, onions, and carrots.  Some people also add tomotos or celery.

Post # 7
3626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My favorite is greek pasta salad – cherry tomatoes, feta, olives and greek salad dressing.

Post # 8
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My favorite pasta salad is actually a sundried tomato tortellini pasta salad which is fabuuulous. I use cheese tortellini from trader joe’s as the base. The sauce is a jar of sundried tomatoes pureed with 2 tbspn of red wine vinegar and enough olive oil to make it sauce-y and not too thick. Extras include halved cherry tomatoes and chunks of buffalo mozzerrella and lots and lots of fresh basil. Salt and pepper to taste (and try not to lick the bowl, but that will be hard bc it is amazing).

Post # 11
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Never been a fan, personally, but I’ve never had pasta salad in the way any of you ladies have described.

I’ve had italian dressing with olives and onions, and other non-descript items in it that are ok by themselves, but gross in the bowl mixed with the pasta. 

Have you ever had tuna pasta salad? I like that. Mix some mayo with pasta, add a can of tuna, some sweet relish, onions, and possibly broccoli or even peas if you like it. If you like cheese, cheddar works. 

As for the pasta, I’m a fan of texture in a pasta salad. Spiral & bow tie are good choices for that. 

Post # 12
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@UpstateCait:  Even though it isn’t traditional, most people still like it because it is “safe” flavors. I forgot to mention– when I make it just for me and Fiance I put in 2 cloves of fresh garlic to puree with the sauce and that is really good… but I don’t do that for groups because fresh garlic is pretty strong and a lot of people in my family don’t like it (weirdos).

Post # 14
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

1 box Spiral pasta (I like the multi colored)

1 Green pepper

1/2 a Red Onion

Grated Parmesean Cheese (I start off with a cup and add more if wanted)

Italian Dressing (preferrably wishbone once again I start off with a cup and add more to get the consistancy I like. You can also do 3/4 cup italiand dressing and 1/4 cup red wine vinegar to make it more tangy!)

1/4 lb hard salami!

This is the recipie I took from my mom. She likes to add black olives (yuck) and puts fetta cheese on the side for people to add as they want (yuck again!)

Post # 15
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I use spiral pasta and add in carrots, red peppers, olives, parmesean cheese, garlic salt, paprika, minced onion, and italian dressing.


Now I want to make some because this post is making me hungry!

Post # 16
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I make a quinoa salad instead of traditional pasta

Quinoa, asparagus, orange segments, green onion, yellow and red cherry tomatoes (halved), goat cheese and a citrus vinaigrette.

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