Monday, June 9, 2014

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Light and slightly tangy pasta salad, with just enough creamy dressing to coat the noodles and vegetables, this is one heck of an awesome pasta salad. Perfect on it's own for a light meal or as a side dish for all the summer potlucks and barbecues. This is better than any deli salad you can buy at the store!

Last weekend, I visited my aunt and uncle and was lucky enough to arrive around dinnertime. My aunt is a fabulous cook, so I tend to time it that way, you know, accidentally on purpose? Her pasta salad was so simple, and so delicious, I had to make it for my family as soon as I got back home. Thanks once more for the inspiration, Aunt Judy! (If you haven't already tried them, my aunt's shortbread-style Almond Bars are one of the most requested recipes on the blog.)

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad
Yield: 6 servings
(printable recipe)

Salad Ingredients:
8 ounces salad macaroni
1 cup tiny broccoli florets
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup very thinly sliced green onion

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons white wine or plain vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, adding a generous tablespoon or so of kosher salt to the water as it cooks. Just before the noodles are done cooking, add the broccoli to the pot. Let the broccoli boil for about 30 seconds and then drain everything into a large colander. Rinse well with cold water.

Stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli to the bowl and stir well to coat. Add the cucumber, pepper, and onions and stir again. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving. Enjoy!

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17 comments:

  1. In the Creamy Summer Pasta Salad I see Black Olives. But, you do not have them listed in the Salad Ingredients.

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    1. Thanks for catching that! I've added the olives to the recipe.

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  2. Yummy, looks refreshing for a hot day.
    Thank you!

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  3. What a perfect side for a warm weather barbecue!

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  4. Scrumptious salad - I think everyone in my family will like this!
    Mary

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  5. I love pasta salads! Thanks for this one. Pinning it!!

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  6. Yum, I love a good pasta salad!

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  7. Love this simple recipe. Pasta and veggies - a perfect combo for a summer salad. I might sneak a little plain Greek yogurt in with the mayo to up the protein.

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  8. Looks delicious! What is the name of the pasta you used in the picture?

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    1. Ditalini, often used in Italian soups.

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  9. I made this for dinner, it is very good.

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  10. I'd love to make this for our graduation party. Could anyone help with adjustments to ingredients for 50 servings?

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    1. If you multiply the recipe times 8, that would give you approximately 50 servings. I wouldn't attempt making more than half of that at a time though. Enjoy the party!

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  11. How far in advance would you make this and it still seem saucy? I have a baby shower on sunday but i have a wedding on saturday so i was planning on making enough for 40 on friday...would it be okay or should i prepare it but add the sauce the morning of the shower?

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    1. Normally, I'd suggest that it would be fine, just toss before serving. However, with quantities like that, it's harder to know that for certain. I like the way the flavors meld after it has been refrigerated for a while, so I wouldn't keep them separate, but it might dry out a little bit. I'd suggest making a small extra portion of the sauce and be ready to add it to the salad if it isn't as saucy as you'd like. Happy celebrating this weekend!

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  12. Made this for the weekend and it was so good!

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