Pasta Salad
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Hi all. I am looking for a good pasta salad recipe. Preferably with out meat in it. We are having a memorial service and are serving Beef and Turkey roasts with rolls for sandwiches, a caprese salad, a fruit/jello salad and would like a pasta salad too.

Any favorite recipies would be appreciated.

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  Re: Pasta Salad by esgunn (Hi all. I am looki...)
Sounds like you'll be serving buffet style, so I'd suggest using a pesto-based dressing as opposed to a mayonaise-based one. Use lots of different colored peppers and celery and onions. I do this with potato salad too, since you don't have to worry about the dressing turning.
  Re: Pasta Salad by esgunn (Hi all. I am looki...)
Here's a couple ideas for you, Erin.

This salad was a favorite during my catering days - if necessary just omit the salami.


Recipe By: a Chef's Journey, Jan. 1999
Serving Size : 8

1 16 oz. package cheese tortellini -- fresh or frozen
4 ounces Salami -- chopped, ~1 cup
4 ounces provolone cheese -- cut into 2X1/4X1/4" strips
1 11 oz. can whole kernel corn
1 9 oz. package frozen spinach -- thawed, squeezed to drain
1 6 oz. jar marinated artichoke heart -- drained, chopped
1 6 oz. can ripe olives -- pitted, drained, sliced (~1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups Creamy Italian Salad Dressing
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 ounces Parmesan cheese -- grated (must admint I don't think I've ever stopped at 2 oz.... )
2 oz. jar diced pimientos -- drained

Cook tortellini to desired doneness. Drain; rinse w/cold water.

In a very large bowl, combine tortellini with salami, provolone, corn, spinach, artichoke hearts & 1 cup of the olives.
In a small bowl, combine dressing, Dijon & 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese; blend well.
Pour dressing over salad; toss gently.

Top w/remaining olives and Parmesan cheese.
Cover; refrigerate 1-2 hours to blend flavors.
Just before serving, garnish w/pimientos

Alternate: Just mix all the salad ingredients together mix with dressing mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan to serve.

"3 quarts"
Serving Ideas : This is a wonderful buffet dish.

This salad quickly became a family favorite -


Recipe By :a Chef's Journey
Serving Size : 10

16 ozs macaroni, cooked -- salad
1/2 c red onion -- minced, red or white
8 ozs marinara sauce
1 1/2 c celery -- chopped
1 c sweet pickle relish
4 ozs black olives -- chopped or sliced
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 c mayonnaise -- or miricle whip
salt and pepper

Mix together the marinara sauce, celery, relish, olives & chili powder. Add the cooked macaroni & onion, combine gently.
Add the mayo and salt and pepper and mix together
Cover and refrigerate a few hours or overnite.

NOTES : This salad will keep in the frig a week and just gets better & better!
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  Re: Re: Pasta Salad by cjs (Here's a couple idea...)
Mine is just made up as I go! LOL It always gets gobbled up and the family requests it, esp. during summer.

Boil 1 pkg corkscrew pasta until tender
Chopped red pepper and/or mix of red/orange/yellow
Jar of whole mushrooms
Chopped purple onion
Chopped cucumbers
cherry tomatoes
whole black olives
Add as much Italian Salad dressing as needed to coat the ingredients.
Mix in 1 c. of grated parmesan

Very tasty!...and colorful! I think that's why it's such a big hit!
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  Re: Re: Pasta Salad by Bizymomma (Mine is just made up...)
My Mom makes a GREAT "macaroni" salad----everyone seems to love it. I will try to get the recipe for you---she has not made for a very long time, I will see if she remembers---a little of this and that---oh, and add some----

I don't have a favorite recipe for pasta salad --- I love them all!!!
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  Re: Re: Pasta Salad by Roxanne 21 (My Mom makes a GREAT...)
My sister Fredia is always requested to bring her macaroni salad to gatherings. It is, however, mayo based. We wrote it down one time, but the measurements aren't exact nor are they meant to be. You add what you like and don't add what you don't like. Let me know if you want it.
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  Re: Pasta Salad by esgunn (Hi all. I am looki...)
I make this frequently for my customers. I use tricolored rotini, julienned red and green peppers, (sometimes I sub roasted red), sliced black olives, minced red onion, broccoli florets, and either Wishbone Italian dressing or Ken's Lite Italian dressing. Once it has rested a bit, I toss in some shredded Parm.

Little strips of capicolla, mortadella and salami are good in this, too.

  Re: Re: Pasta Salad by pjcooks (I make this frequent...)
Thanks everyone. These ideas are great. And Jean, the tortellini salad looks awsome. I definately want to stay away from Mayo based.
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