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Old 08-17-2009, 07:50 AM
 
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So I have several different kinds of pasta that I would like to use for pasta salads but I would like a good, tried and true recipe. Any good ideas here??
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

1 head of cauliflower, small bag of broccoli
lb. bacon
1 cup of miracle whip salad dressing
cup of sugar
cup of pasta (whatever you like)
2 or 3 tbls. of apple cider vinagar
1 cup of shredded cheese
cup of nuts any kind and or rasins
cut broccoli and cauliflower in bite size pieces, add bacon and cheese, nuts & raisins
mix salad dressing ,sugar and vinegar together, pour into
bowl and mix together with cauliflower and broccoli & pasta put in refrigerator about an hour before serving.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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I loved the boxed stuff called "Suddenly Salad", but I didn't like paying the price. So I found this --

Ranch & Bacon Pasta Salad - Copycat of Suddenly Salad
2 c. pasta shells -- dry (have also used rotini)
1 c. peas, frozen (or more)
2/3 c. Mayonnaise -- do not use Miracle Whip
1 pkg. bacon-onion ranch dip mix
1/4 c shredded carrot
1/4 c bacon -- cooked crisp & crumbled, or bacon bits (or more)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Bring water to a rolling boil in a saucepan. Add shell pasta and carrot shreds, allow them to boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Quickly drain into a strainer and rinse under cold water. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the peas, the entire packet of ranch dressing mix, bacon bits, onion powder, and mayonnaise. Add pasta and carrots. Stir together until everything is coated with mayo seasoning mixture. Chill and serve.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:11 AM
 
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Oh thanks. These both sound really good. I waited so long for a reply so I decided to just throw what all I had into a pasta salad. I wanted it for dinner last night so I had to get it made. I cooked the rotini for about 8 minutes. Then I took it out with slotted spoon so I could reuse the already hot water for some broccoli florets. Cooked the broccoli just a couple of min. I added a half a purple onion coursely chopped, red bell pepper coursely chopped and S&P to taste. Then I poured about half a bottle of Wishbone House Italian dressing over it and mixed. I was pretty happy with the results and it was so easy! Now I will have your recipes as well for the next time! Again, thanks!
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:18 AM
 
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That's about what I do, Cyn. Just about whatever's in the fridge. I like to add some small chunks of cheese (Swiss is my favorite, but cheddar, muenster or jack goes well, too), some deli ham or pepperoni too. Oh, and grape tomatoes.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:27 AM
 
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I like a pasta salad that I make with tri-color rotini, lightly blanched and chilled asparagus tips, red onions, thinly sliced baby portobello mushrooms, halved grape tomatoes, fresh garlic, salt & pepper, and a tangy Italian dressing (or whatever dressing is preferred).

It's really good.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:37 AM
 
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This is my favorite pasta salad for summer since it doesn't have mayo, so no worry about spoiling quickly.


MOSTACCIOLI SALAD

1 pound size Mostaccioli - cooked as directed on box, drained and cooled
1 1/2 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 heaping Tablespoon yellow mustard
1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cucumber diced small
1 small onion diced small
2 celery ribs diced small
small amount of green pepper if desired (not over a couple of tablespoons so it doesn't overpower)
Couple of pinches of celery seed (can omit)
Pepper
Pimento can be added in small amount if you are a person who desires color in your salad, or green onions for color.


Mix everything except for the Mostaccioli and make sure the sugar is dissolved. I usually mix while waiting for the pasta to cook. Then add the Mostaccioli. Chill for a few hours. Make sure to stir or shake the covered dish about every 30 minutes to get the flavor through it all. I usually use a tupperware sealed bowl and just turn it upside down and back over again every other time.



If it appears to be too dry, mix a bit more vinegar, sugar, mustard and garlic and add. Make sure the vinegar and sugar are in equal parts.

Note: I have used Penne for this but don't like it as much as the pasta is too thick and doesn't absorb the dressing very well.

Last edited by doll lady; 08-18-2009 at 06:47 AM..
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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My favorite pasta salad

Shrimp pasta salad

I mix the cooked and cooled elbow macaroni with
cut up cooked shrimp - small or medium size - amt - as many as you like
about half cup of diced celery
diced radishes
pitted cut up black olives
fresh peas slightly blanched and cooled
for dressing
half cup mayo, half cup sour cream, and enough milk to make it the consistance you like


serve over lettuce
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:45 AM
 
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That's about what I do, Cyn. Just about whatever's in the fridge. I like to add some small chunks of cheese (Swiss is my favorite, but cheddar, muenster or jack goes well, too), some deli ham or pepperoni too. Oh, and grape tomatoes.
I forgot that I also added some feta cheese. Thanks for the reminder!
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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I loved the boxed stuff called "Suddenly Salad", but I didn't like paying the price. So I found this --

Ranch & Bacon Pasta Salad - Copycat of Suddenly Salad
2 c. pasta shells -- dry (have also used rotini)
1 c. peas, frozen (or more)
2/3 c. Mayonnaise -- do not use Miracle Whip
1 pkg. bacon-onion ranch dip mix
1/4 c shredded carrot
1/4 c bacon -- cooked crisp & crumbled, or bacon bits (or more)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Bring water to a rolling boil in a saucepan. Add shell pasta and carrot shreds, allow them to boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Quickly drain into a strainer and rinse under cold water. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the peas, the entire packet of ranch dressing mix, bacon bits, onion powder, and mayonnaise. Add pasta and carrots. Stir together until everything is coated with mayo seasoning mixture. Chill and serve.
I love this one too and every time I've made it for a get together, people go crazy over it!!! I have always just added additional dressing to it as it is a bit on the dry side after you've made it from the box.

THANKS for this recipe. I would love to make it fresher than what you get from the box... and to save money is great as well!!
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