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  • Serves 6
  • Makes 1
  • 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 11 Ingredients
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March 26, 2020

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This Pasta Salad recipe is one you can whip together in minutes … perfect for a mid week dinner or an impromptu get together!

We love that this Pasta Salad recipe is light and filled with salad crunch.  Because if you’re anything like us, you might think that most pasta salad recipes tend to be a little stodgy.  Too much straight mayonnaise and not enough salad vegetables – basically just pasta mixed with mayo!

Oh when you find the perfect Pasta Salad …

There’s nothing better than discovering a really goooood Pasta Salad when you’re at a barbecue!  It’s the perfect accompaniment to any meat that comes off the barbecue and the perfect pasta salad includes a few vegetables too so you could be excused for not worrying about a pile of boring lettuce leaves from another salad bowl.

What’s the key to the all time best Creamy Pasta Salad?

  1. We think creating a creamy but not too heavy and creamy dressing for your Pasta Salad is critical.  Check out how we cut the heaviness of the creamy dressing in the recipe below.
  2. Another key is the pasta.  The type of pasta and the way that pasta is cooked.  We like to use small penne or elbows. In terms of cooking, we don’t overcook pasta anytime really but especially in a Pasta Salad. Aim to cook your pasta until it is just al dente and then as soon as you strain the water away, rinse in cold water to ensure the pasta doesn’t continue to cook.
  3. The final key is a little crunch – in this recipe we’ve added the crunch with freshly chopped veges that are added just before serving.  You could also add even more crunch with some toasted pine nuts or toasted slivered almonds.

We’d love to hear your comments on our Pasta Salad recipe.  Is there any you’d change about it?

 

 

 


Ingredients (serves 6 | makes 1 Large Salad to Share)

  • 500g Penne Pasta or Pasta Elbows
  • 250ml Light Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Whole Egg Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsps Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Caster Sugar or Stevia
  • 1/2 Capsicum, finely sliced
  • 2 sticks Celery, strings removed and finely sliced
  • 1 medium Red Salad Onion
  • 1/4 cup Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, finely chopped
  • Pinch Salt & Pepper

Method

  1. Cook the pasta in salted water until just al dente. Drain and then rinse in chilled water to remove starch and halt the cooking process.
  2. While the pasta is cooking: Finely chop the Capsicum Finely dice the Red Salad Onion Finely chop the Celery Finely chop the Parsley
  3. While the pasta is cooling, make the dressing: Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, vinegar and caster sugar and whisk to combine well. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Once the pasta is cool, add the salad vegetables (except the parsley) and the dressing and stir through until everything is well combined.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with parsley and extra salt and pepper to taste.

Notes... Don't be afraid to stray from the list of salad veges we've included in this recipe! You might like to add some baby spinach or fresh basil leaves, some toasted pine nuts, semi dried tomatoes, grated carrots or even some finely shredded lightly steamed kale. This salad is great because it will keep well in the refrigerator even once the dressing is on. The only exception to this would be if you added baby spinach leaves - they won't do well for much longer than 24 hours after the dressing is added. This recipe also works beautifully as a 'warm salad' - do everything as per the recipe above - just don't cool the pasta down after cooking. Simply add the vegetables and the dressing, stir and serve with a little parmesan cheese on top. If you want to add some protein, hot smoked salmon would work beautifully.
Here's a few more classic salads you might like to try:
  • Looks like a healthy and so fresh salad and very yummy

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  • This will be great for future family get togethers

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  • I would deffinantly love to try this looks good I might even add sundried tomatoes thanks!

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  • i would make it with out the stevia as the flavours look good with out it.

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  • Yummo, looks so good. I do enjoy a good pasta salad, it’s my go to salad when I need to bring a plate to a BBQ. Look forward to taste testing this one!

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  • Oh I love pasta salads! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  • Oh this sounds like something everyone in my house would eat. Thank you for sharing

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  • A delicious sounding/looking recipe, pasta salad is always a hit in our household.

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  • I love pasta all the time, but am always looking for new salad ideas. This pasta salad is perfect.

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  • this looks good and healthy and filling

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  • Yummm

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  • Looks very similar to one that I make already. I would add some friend bacon to it!

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  • Yum. The dressing does seem less heavy than others. (Especially when they are all just at right mayo) just need to get my hands on some pasta now


    • Getting pasta is indeed an issue these days with some people hoarding and stripping shelves of pasta.

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  • Ohhh there needs to be a saved collection for the recipes cause I see so many id love to save for later use, this looks amazing and I’ll be screenwriting the recipe for later use …. YUM


    • I actually asked the mum team for the same thing. Since then they I’ve added an option to get it emailed to you so you can save it :)

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  • Thank you! I love a creamy and tasty pasta salad and this looks both creamy and tasty. I like a salad that I can put together quickly too.

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