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Hello friends. Been awhile. What's your best pasta salad recipe? Looking for a side for sandwiches and chicken "mains". Don't ask about the menu.....

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Last updated: Mar. 20, 2013 7:54 pm
Posted: Mar. 20, 2013 6:12 pm
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Spinach and Tortellini Salad

Submitted by: lvich 
This salad is a snap to make and looks and tastes very Italian. Cheese tortellini are cooked al dente and tossed with spinach, Parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes, sliced black olives, and a prepared Italian dressing. Great barbecue salad. 
Recommended by: lisa j
Mar. 20, 2013 6:14 pm
This looks good. Have to go to parents house. Their idea of great food is probably not what you're thinking. :(
Mar. 20, 2013 6:46 pm
I just always cook a box of rotini (usually the tricolor), drain and run cold water till pasta cools, and drain again. Cube cucumber, grape tomatoes, mozzarella, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, whatever else you want to throw in there(pepperoni, mushrooms, radishes). If you can get some McCormicks Salad Supreme(spice jar in the spice aisle), sprinkle some of that on it, probably couple of tablespoons. About a teaspoon of sugar. Then either zesty Italian or Ranch dressing. Mix. Viola, pasta salad!
Mar. 20, 2013 6:47 pm
Oh, and be prepared for the pasta to suck up all the dressing and have to add more.
lisa j
Mar. 20, 2013 6:54 pm
Sounds good sass. Thanks!
Mar. 20, 2013 7:06 pm
Hi Lisa! Just came in to check computer and sign out for the night, catch ya later!
lisa j
Mar. 20, 2013 7:14 pm
Hey Sass. Hope all is well. Did dd settle in Delaware? We should catch up. Thanks for the recipe! Goodnight Missy.
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Spinach, toasted almonds, and dried cranberries are tossed with a sweet and tangy, homemade dressing creating a crowd-pleasing spinach salad. 
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Mar. 20, 2013 6:17 pm
Oh I love salads of all kinds
lisa j
Mar. 20, 2013 6:30 pm
Looks great! Thanks.
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Crunchy bites of pita bread are tossed with crisp romaine, green onions, cucumber, and fresh tomatoes amidst a flavorful Middle Eastern dressing. 
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Mar. 20, 2013 6:18 pm
diced small
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Submitted by: beckyley 
Home Town: Germantown, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Oostburg, Wisconsin, USA
Veggie rotini pasta, cucumber, olives, and onion in a creamy dressing with dill and garlic salt makes this a delicious version of a classic springtime dish. 
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Mar. 20, 2013 6:18 pm
with pasta
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Submitted by: Mona 
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Mar. 20, 2013 6:18 pm
with fruit even. Especially with dinner or a salad.
Mar. 20, 2013 6:19 pm
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Mar. 20, 2013 6:35 pm
Reminds me of this, which is great.
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Dill Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad

Submitted by: Cobra 
A tart lemon-buttermilk dressing heavy with dill coats chicken, celery and lemon penne pasta. This dish serves a capacity crowd, making it perfect for the church picnic. 
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Mar. 20, 2013 6:38 pm
I adore this pasta salad. See my review for how to cut it down to a "normal" size and for how I cook the chicken.
lisa j
Mar. 20, 2013 6:55 pm
Thanks! But I believe there will be a chicken dish.
Mar. 20, 2013 7:02 pm
Sorry I thought you were just asking in general to go with sandwiches or chicken on different nights. I'm not paying close enough attention.
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Southwestern Pasta Salad

Submitted by: LISAKP71 
Home Town: Lakeside, California, USA
Living In: Arlington, Texas, USA
Pasta is tossed with a zesty dressing of lime juice, chili powder and cumin. Corn, black beans, red and green bell pepper, tomatoes and cilantro add texture, flavor and color. 
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Mar. 20, 2013 6:43 pm
I have this one saved but haven't tried it yet.
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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Submitted by: Dayna 
A nice balsamic vinegar and oil mixture with oregano, parsley and Parmesan whipped in. It compliments this hearty salad, with its robust ingredients - salami, pepperoni, Asiago cheese and lots of tomatoes. Makes twelve magnificent servings. 
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Mar. 20, 2013 6:45 pm
I also have seen this one recommended and saved it. Haven't tried it yet.
Mar. 20, 2013 6:51 pm
This is really excellant. I leave out the salami. Make the day before then add more dressing before serving if needed.
lisa j
Mar. 20, 2013 6:57 pm
Love this! I probably rec'd it, though I haven't been here in awhile.
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Submitted by: Wilemon 
Home Town: Afton, Virginia, USA
Living In: Larkspur, Colorado, USA
This is a very flavorful pasta salad. The crisp cooked bacon really adds a nice flavor. I get requests for this pasta salad for every get together and cook out. 
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Mar. 20, 2013 6:57 pm
Some of the family wants this. Others want one where I mix a packet of Knorr vegetable soup mix with mayo & a little milk to dress any pasta & vegetables. My favorite is penne with sliced artichoke hearts, black olives, balsamic dressing & sprinkled with parm. I always make any pasta salad the day before, cook the pasta to slightly chewy, add more dressing the next day.
lisa j
Mar. 20, 2013 7:19 pm
ThanksHG! Made this and left a 3star review. Not for me.
Mar. 20, 2013 7:54 pm
I can certainly agree with what Sassy says about the pasta, and the prep. I like to go a little "crazy" with the spring onion, radish, fine chopped celery and either mayo (some of the new offerings of Miracle whip may be worth a look) as are the Yoghurt based dressings, together with tuna or salmon...fresh peas being another thought...but this divides itself into being sort of "regional"...different parts of the country would like different things.
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