Allison's Pasta Salad Recipe -
Allison's Pasta Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Allison's Pasta Salad

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"This salad has it all: cooked ham, fresh grapes, Cheddar cheese, and a rich dill dressing. Use your favorite pasta shape to make this salad your own."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain, and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, cider vinegar, mustard, sugar, black pepper, dill weed, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, grapes, ham, green onions, and cheese. Toss with dressing. Cover, and chill overnight or for at least 6 hours.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 07, 2002

I loved this salad, as did my hubby. I didnt change a thing and it was fabulous! The grapes are a nice addition...will make again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 13, 2003

This was different. I followed everyone elses advice and doubled the dressing ingredients, otherwise it would have been way too dry. I also cut the cheese down to 1 cup, omitted the grapes and added a diced red bell pepper. The dressing has a stong dill taste. I thought it tasted better the second day. It was a nice change but I won't make this again.

Nov 09, 2003

I'm having a ladies luncheon on Saturday. The problem I have is they are all great cooks and have all tried every new recipe. I found this recipe to be something totally different. I know they'll just love it. I never serve anything new until I've tried it first. I have to say that this is wonderful! I increased the amount of dressing as others suggested; and anyone who knows me, knows I just have to add a cup of celery. I also left out the cheese and increased the grapes adding red as well as green. Oh my, how wonderful! I'm excited to have found a recipe that none of my friends have yet! Thanks Allison!PS I used seashell pasta. The shape seems to hold onto the dressing better than other shapes.

Nov 09, 2003

FABULOUS RECIPE! I checked out everyone's recommendations first and then: doubled the sauce, also added halved grape tomatoes, julienned swiss cheese. Whatever you do, definitely double the sauce. YUM!

Nov 09, 2003

This salad was awesome! By far the tastiest pasta salad I have ever attempted. I noticed that in many of the other reviews, people said they omitted the grapes. I would highly recommend trying them, because they add a nice sweetness to the mix and really set this salad apart from others. The pasta shape I used is called Cellentani (I had never noticed it before. It's hollow like elbow macaroni, but has a long, spiral shape to it). The one thing I didn't like was the diced cheese - I thought the pieces were too big. Next time, I'll try using shredded or grated cheese. Thanks, Allison!

Jun 23, 2003

Very good salad. However, I don't understand why everyone wants to double the sauce. The recipe calls for 1 3/4 C. of pasta, which is hardly anything at all. After making the sauce, I realized I would need more pasta and cooked another batch. It was still plenty moist and I ended up cooking about 12 oz. of pasta.

Sep 05, 2005

This recipe is fabulous! I was skeptical of the grapes, but I'm glad I put them in---they really are tasty. I made this according to the recipe with the exception of using lemon juice instead of the vinegar (just because I didn't have any cider vinegar) and my guests and family loved it! I used deli sliced ham that I cut into small bites and I diced the cheddar very small. I also added carrots and cucumbers for some extra veggies. This is so good and easy, this is THE pasta salad I'll make from now on. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 17, 2003

Made it four times now, we love it. Vinegar is key, I tried it once with lemon juice instead and it wasn't as good. Measured generous portions with the dressing, used light mayo and sour cream. Substituted chicken for ham (Perdue Shortcuts- precooked!) and red for green grapes. Cut back on green onions, added more dill. Bought pre-diced cheddar cheese and I'm done in 20 minutes.


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  • Calories
  • 351 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 25.9 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 13.2 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 769 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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