We are searching data for your request:

Forums and discussions:
Manuals and reference books:
Data from registers:
Wait the end of the search in all databases.
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.

When it's hot outside, pasta can bring cold comforts. Plus, his secrets to keep your pasta from being soggy!


Mayo 101: Mayonnaise is the perfect base for herbs and spices. Making your own mayo is an easy way to control fat content and infuse flavor, and it's way cheaper than buying it.

PASTA SHAPE MATTERS: elbow pasta is not ideal for cold salads, as it's not firm enough. Choose pasta only slightly bigger than your vegetable dice, with textures, such as fusilli, to help grab onto the dressing. Cool the pasta down with cold water right after boiling to help keep it al dente.

Cure for Boring: Balance both flavors and textures in order to create a pasta salad that is NEVER ignored at barbecues. If you texture your salad right, it won't sog out.

Cold Pasta Salad

Recipe by Fabio Viviani

Yield: 8-12 servings


For the mayo:

20 leaves fresh basil, chopped

2 eggs

salt and pepper to taste

¼ c lemon juice

2-4 cups light olive oil

For the salad:

1 lb. fusilli pasta

1 cup diced cherry tomatoes

2 cups arugula

1 red and 1 orange bell pepper, chopped

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 cup buffalo mozzarella cheese, diced

1 cup chopped black olives

3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

¼ lb prosciutto, chopped

¼ lb salami, chopped

½ cup capers


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Quickly blanch basil and remove.

Add pasta and cook according to directions, reducing cook time by five minutes.

Meanwhile, place eggs, salt, pepper, and lemon juice in food processor.

Turn the food processor on, and leave running. Slowly drizzle in oil, until the mixture thickens into mayonnaise.

Add blanched basil and blend til mixed.

Remove pasta from heat and cool down with cold water, then drain.

Place pasta in a large bowl, and add all remaining ingredients.

Toss with the basil mayo until everything is evenly distributed through the salad.

Chill at least one hour before serving.


20+ Picnic-Ready Pasta Salad Recipes

Don&apost let the phrase "veggie lovers" fool you—this pasta salad is chock full of salami! But the real stars of the dish are the heaps of broccolini, bocconcini, and basil. Talk about guilt-free indulgence!

Enlightened Pasta Salad

It&aposs creamy. It&aposs tangy. And best of all, it&aposs good for you! This yum-o pasta salad is big on secret ingredients like plain Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, and multigrain pasta. Feel free to dig in at your next picnic.

Pistachio Pesto Pasta Salad

Photography by Kate Mathis

You won&apost find many pasta salads with more flavor than this. With fresh basil, feta cheese, arugula, and lemon zest, this dish is a full-out party on your plate (and in your mouth!)

Green Bean Pasta Salad

Photography by Kate Mathis

The great thing about this pasta salad? You can overload it with veggies, meaning you don&apost have to add as much pasta. Helloooo low-carb treat!

California Cobb Pasta Salad

Photography by Lucas Zarebinski

This one&aposs for the flavor-cravers! Tossed with bacon, blue cheese, avocados, and balsamic vinegar, this cold pasta dish is sure to get your mouth watering.

Pasta Salad with Melon

Go for a sweet and savory pasta salad if you&aposre in the mood for something different! Cantaloupe and honeydew provide some light freshness, while red onions, dijon, and white vinegar add a little bite. 

Cold Pasta alla Norma

You&aposve had this tangy, eggplant-y pasta dish warmed up now, meet it&aposs cool and refreshing cousin! It&aposs just as good, and it&aposs a little easier to eat on a hot summer&aposs day.

Zucchini Pasta & Grilled Fish

This just may be the fanciest pasta salad you ever eat. Grill up some uber-tasty red snapper fillets, then chop &aposem up and toss &aposem in the pasta with garlic, cheese, veggies, and lemon juice.

Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta Salad

Believe it or not, this omnivorous dish tastes even better than it looks! There&aposs nothing like thin, salty prosciutto, crunchy asparagus, and an array of other greens to perk up a picnic.

Jerk-y Shrimp & Mango Pasta Salad

Photography by Lucas Zarebinski

There&aposs no denying it: shrimp and pasta just belong together. For this room-temp take, get your Caribbean on with mango, jerk seasoning, and cilantro. Your guests will be demanding more by the end of the night—trust us.

Bob Barker&aposs Summertime Pasta Salad

Bob Barker&aposs warm-weather dish is all about colors: make it with tri-colored fusilli, red onions, and bell peppers in three different colors. Then, throw in some artichokes and kalamata olives for some extra flavor.

Rachael Ray&aposs Sicilian Shell Pasta Salad

Photography by Kate Mathis

Pasta salad meets tuna salad for this filling recipe! Whip up a bowl with a little help from Calabiran chili paste, anchovies, and lots of veggies. 

Cheesy Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

Photography by Lucas Zarebinski

There&aposs just something extra special about the taste of grilled vegetables. And mixed with cheese-filled tortellini, chopped basil, and red wine vinegar? You can&apost go wrong with this dish!

Antipasto Pasta

If you&aposve got a taste for all things salty and savory, this is the pasta for you. You&aposll think you&aposve died and gone to heaven when you get a forkful of those artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and roasted red peppers.

Not-Your-Mama&aposs Tuna Salad

Who says comfort food has to be served piping hot? Chow down on this deliciously-unique dish hot, cold, or room temperature𠅎ither way, you&aposll be going back for seconds (and thirds!)

Wild West Pasta Salad

Photography by Lucas Zarebinski

Looking for a way to bring some Southwest flair to your pasta salad game? Look no further! Heat things up with jalapeños, red onions, and fire-roasted corn, then cool it down with a spritz of ranch. 

Lemon-and-Herb Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is on the cusp of being actual salad thanks to ingredients like arugula, hard-boiled eggs, and pine nuts. Luckily, parmesan cheese, fresh dill, and grated lemon give it alllll the flavor.

Health Nut Pasta Salad

Photography by Lucas Zarebinski

Trying to change your eating habits, but can&apost quit pasta? With this salad, you don&apost have to compromise. Whole wheat pasta, feta cheese, herbs, and nuts make for one satisfying low-carb dish. 

BLT Pasta Salad

This one&aposs pretty self-explanatory, but add extra flavor-enhancers like grainy mustard, sherry vinegar, and chopped pecans for a super summery salad. 

Reuben-esque Pasta Salad

Photography by Lucas Zarebinski

We guarantee you (and you guests) have never had a pasta salad quite like this! Fork-ify one of America&aposs favorite sandwiches by mixing chopped pastrami, Swiss cheese, pickles, and thousand island dressing into your pasta. 

Fruity Pasta Salad

Perfect for brunches and showers, this sweet orzo dish is sure to hit the spot. Peaches and tiny mozzarella balls are totally aesthetic, but it&aposs the crumbled bacon that makes the salad truly irresistible. 

22 cold pasta salad mayonnaise Recipes

Cold Pasta Salad

Cold Pasta Salad

Fruity Nutty Pasta Salad

Fruity Nutty Pasta Salad

Cold Confetti Pasta Salad

Cold Confetti Pasta Salad

Tom's Cold Rotini Salad

Tom's Cold Rotini Salad

Cold Tuna or Chicken Macaroni Salad

Cold Tuna or Chicken Macaroni Salad

Duff's Curried Pasta Salad (Food Network Kitchens)

Duff's Curried Pasta Salad (Food Network Kitchens)

Minnesota Pasta-pea Salad


We’ve got everything you need to up your kitchen game - plus, special offers and discounts just for you!

Because we are constantly improving our products, we encourage you to read the ingredient statement on our packages at the time of your purchase.

Copyright © 2021 McCormick & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Taste You Trust&trade

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google LLC.


We’ve got everything you need to up your kitchen game - plus, special offers and discounts just for you!

We value your privacy. You can manage additional layers of account protection via your account information settings.

You & Ranch, Forever

Original Ranch® Pork Chops

100% Recommended Rating 100%

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

100% Recommended Rating 100%

Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Wings

100% Recommended Rating 100%

Pressure Cooker Crack Chicken

100% Recommended Rating 100%

Slow Cooker Ranch Style Beans

100% Recommended Rating 100%

Have an account? Sign in . Don’t have an account?

Create an account to receive these Hidden Valley® benefits.

  • Custom Recipe Collections
  • Meal Planner
  • Earn Rewards
  • Personalized Recipes
  • Special Offers

Sign back in to access your recipe tools.

Have an account? Sign in. Don’t have an account?

Create an account to receive these Hidden Valley® benefits.

  • Custom Recipe Collections
  • Meal Planner
  • Earn Rewards
  • Personalized Recipes
  • Special Offers

Already have an account? Sign in .

If not, become a Ranchology Rewards member to receive awesome perks:

  • Custom Recipe Collections
  • Meal Planner
  • Earn Rewards
  • Personalized Recipes
  • Special Offers

Sign back in to sign up for this promotion.

Want to try out a recipe? Sign in to add the ingredients to your Grocery List.

Sign In or Create an Account to score rewards, save recipes & more!

Sign In or Create an Account to save your favorite recipes.

How to Make the Best Pasta Salad

We’ve shared a few variations for pasta salad over the years. Our orzo pasta salad combines orzo pasta, olives, cucumbers, and a simple lemony dressing. It has rave reviews! Our grilled veggie pasta salad is also popular. For a creamy pasta salad, try this creamy macaroni pasta salad!

This time, though, we wanted to share an extra easy and flexible pasta salad with you. It’ straight-forward and quick to make. So you can make the best pasta salad, we’ve shared lots of tips below.

What ingredients should I add to pasta salad?

This salad is a mashup between Greek and Italian pasta salad. Greek because we add both Kalamata and green olives and Italian because we throw both parmesan and fresh mozzarella cheese into the mix. If you love Greek inspired salads, take a look at our favorite Greek salad.

Now if you’re sitting there and thinking that you don’t want to add olives to your salad, no problem! Use our recipe as a guide then throw in the ingredients you love. We’ll share lots of suggestions below.

  • Pasta: Pasta is essential, but the type of pasta you use does matter. I like the pasta to bite back a bit and hate it when it turns mushy. That’s why you should choose hearty pasta shapes like penne, fusilli, rotini, and farfalle (bow tie). They also have the advantage of lots of nooks and crannies, which trap the dressing and bits of cheese. Other shapes can work, too. Orzo pasta is an excellent option, just make sure you don’t overcook it.
  • Vegetables: An assortment of veggies add color and crunch to the salad. We love adding bell pepper, cucumber or zucchini, halved cherry tomatoes, and thinly sliced green onion (or scallions). You can add other vegetables, too. Try sliced fennel, grated carrots, radish, and even cauliflower or broccoli. Roasted winter squash and beets are a nice alternative in fall and winter. Adding a handful of whatever fresh herbs you have on hand is an excellent idea, too. The more color and flavor, the better!
  • Cheese: We love the saltiness of shredded parmesan in pasta salad. Since it’s shredded, it almost melts into the dressing. Mozzarella cheese is another favorite. We cut small balls of fresh mozzarella in half and toss them with the pasta. Other cheeses will work, too. Try feta cheese for more of a Greek pasta salad or swap the parmesan cheese for shredded sharp cheddar. For a vegan pasta salad, leave the cheese out.
  • Flavorful Extras: My favorite part about pasta salad is adding extra secret ingredients that make it shine. Olives add tanginess and a lot of flavor. Pickled vegetables are fun (try pickled onions), and sliced pepperoncini peppers add a little extra kick. If you aren’t going for a vegetarian pasta salad, you can add a handful of chopped salami, pepperoni, turkey or ham. You could even shred a rotisserie or roasted chicken and toss it in. So many options!

Our Easy Dressing for Pasta Salad

Once you’ve decided on the ingredients you’re adding to the salad you need to make the dressing. We make an easy five-ingredient pasta salad dressing. To make it, whisk red wine vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, dried oregano, and a pinch of salt and pepper. It’s simple, but when mixed with the pasta, veggies and other ingredients, it tastes amazing.

To upgrade the dressing, try champagne vinegar. It’s a bit more pricey, but it tastes incredible.

Making it in Advance

Here’s the great news. Pasta salad gets better over time. Letting the pasta and veggies sit in the dressing for a while makes a huge difference in flavor. We take the same approach when making potato salad.

You can make pasta salad and keep it in the fridge for up to five days, which makes this the perfect side dish to prepare in advance.

Let’s recap, for the best homemade pasta salad, keep the following in mind:

What to serve with cold pasta salad

When I made this again recently, I just pan fried some herb crusted chicken breasts . You could also try it with crispy chicken cutlets .

The best way to serve this though, is with some grilled burgers or brats….outdoors with family or friends. Make the salad a day ahead if you like because it stores well in the fridge and is good leftover.

This cold pasta salad recipe makes enough for a crowd and is perfect for a summer potluck. Fresh ingredients make this a great, healthy side dish.

Have you heard about our newest cookbook, Copycat Cooking? We took over 100 of our favorite restaurant recipes and simplified them so that you can make them right at home!

Every recipe has a beautiful mouth-watering photo and has been picky-eater approved. The directions are simple, easy to follow, and do not require any strange ingredients.

This cookbook includes copycat recipes from Wingers, Texas Roadhouse, Starbucks, Panera, Cheesecake Factory, Kneaders, and so much more. We have you covered from drinks, to dessert and everything in-between.



  • twist-shaped pasta
  • mozzarella cheese
  • green olives
  • black olives
  • Italian dressing
  • Pepperoni
  • large green pepper

Prepare pasta al dente, as directed on the package. Rinse in cold water and put in a large mixingbowl .

Cube mozzarella and add to pasta.

Slice olives and add to bowl.

Dice green pepper and add to bowl.

Pour dressing over the top and stir until everything is coated.

Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight and serve.

If you like a protein-packed salad – you’ll absolutely love our recipe for Big Mac Salad with Big Mac Sauce!

Looking for more easy side dish recipes?

You’ll only find delicious and EASY RECIPES here, so get your “pinning” on and fill your Pinterest boards with our recipes for easy meal planning!

Browse TONS of Easy Recipes HERE!

Tired of Searching for Recipes?

Well if you’re here for the first time, then you’ll want to get your hands on my NEW cookbook, Fabulously Fast Dinners.

Aren’t you tired of spending hours thinking about what the main dish to make for your family, and then realize you STILL need a side dish to go with it?

I’ve done all of this for you! An easy and fast main dish recipe, paired with a side dish recipe and even alternative suggestions for sides and desserts along the way!

Previous Article

Alcohol's the Worst for Diets and More News

Next Article

Mix grill