The Best Creamy Pasta Salad

The absolute BEST Creamy Pasta Salad made with broccoli, cucumbers, olives, cheese, red onion, red pepper, and broccoli then tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing. This is the perfect pasta salad for parties and potlucks!

Do you rinse pasta for pasta salad?

Yes.  Rinse your salad in a colander with cold water until pasta is completely cold.  This helps your pasta to not stick together because of the extra starches you are washing away.

What should I serve with Creamy Pasta Salad?

We love making this Creamy Pasta Salad in the summer when we are grilling.  Some of my favorite main dishes to serve it with are:

How long will Pasta salad last in the Fridge?

If you store your leftover Creamy Pasta Salad in an airtight container, it will last in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.  We have honestly always finished it off by then so we usually don’t get to that point!

how to make creamy pasta salad

This is the best creamy pasta salad I’ve ever tasted and it has become a staple in our household.  I love the sweet and tangy flavor of the dressing that pairs perfectly with a variety of vegetables.

I started by cutting up all of my pasta salad ingredients, including broccoli, red onion, red bell pepper, cucumber and Colby Jack cheese.

Be sure to cut your vegetables, especially red onion, very small (more of a mince than a dice) so they aren’t too overpowering in this Creamy Pasta Salad.

I love using simple shortcuts when cooking.  I used pre-sliced olives and Colby Jack cheese sticks that I then cut into cubes rather than buying an entire block of cheese.

While I was cutting up my other ingredients, I had my pasta boiling on the stove top.  You could use any type of pasta your family prefers (penne, elbow macaroni, rotini, etc.), but I used ditalini pasta.

When your pasta is done cooking, rinse in cold water and place in a large serving bowl.  Mix in all of your vegetables and cheese.

In my opinion, the best part about this Creamy Pasta Salad is the tangy dressing you toss everything in.  My secret to the perfect pasta salad dressing is using Best Foods Mayonnaise.

I’ve tried a lot of different mayos in my day and this has the best flavor of any of them!  I love Best Foods Real Mayonnaise because it uses simple ingredients: cage free eggs, oil and vinegar.

Not only is Best Foods Real Mayonnaise the #1 mayo in America, it is also rich in Omega 3-ALA and only 1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving!

To make the dressing, I whisked together one cup of Best Foods Real Mayonnaise and added a little sugar, salt, pepper and white wine vinegar to give it that tangy flavor.  If you wanted to cut down on calories, you could easily substitute this mayo for Best Foods Light Mayonnaise.

After you have prepared your dressing, pour it over your pasta and vegetables and gently fold in until well combined and everything is evenly coated.

Cover your Creamy Pasta Salad with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serve cold and enjoy!

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Serves: 10

The Best Creamy Pasta Salad

The absolute BEST Creamy Pasta Salad made with broccoli, cucumbers, olives, cheese, red onion, red pepper, and broccoli then tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing. This is the perfect pasta salad for parties and potlucks!

1 hr, 15 Prep Time

10 minCook Time

1 hr, 25 Total Time

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  • 1 (16 ounce) package Ditalini pasta
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 red onion (minced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (minced)
  • 1 cucumber (diced)
  • 1 (3.8 ounce) can sliced olives
  • 1 cup cubed Colby Jack cheese
  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise (We used Best Foods)
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Rinse well with cold water until pasta is cold.
  2. Place cooked and cooled pasta in a large mixing or serving bowl.
  3. Mix in broccoli florets, red onion, red bell pepper, cucumber, sliced olives and cheese.
  4. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and pour over pasta and other ingredients.
  5. Gently fold in dressing until all ingredients are evenly coated.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.



2236 cal


211 g


45 g


33 g
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11 Responses to “The Best Creamy Pasta Salad”

  1. Janelle
    You have to eat it that day. I made this for an open house the evening prior. I served it less then 12 hours the following day and it was super dry. I whipped up another batch of the dressing and mixed it in. Still overwhelmingly dry. I think it’s one of those that has to be served after making it. It does say in the pin that she usually doesn’t save it, that it’s all gone. I should have picked a recipe that said it stored well for a make ahead event.

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