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:
- Grilled Lemon Chicken
- 5-Star Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
- Honey Lime Grilled Chicken
- Hawaiian Grilled Chicken
- Spicy Honey Glazed Grilled Chicken
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.
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!
Other delicious pasta salad recipes
- Mom’s Traditional Pasta Salad
- Tortellini Pasta Salad
- Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
- Grilled Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad
- Greek Pasta Salad
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