When I mixed the dressing ingredients and did the taste test thing, I thought I had truly messed up in my choice of a potluck dish. I seriously struggled with how I was going to place my dish without anyone else noticing. After several hours in the fridge--separate from the pasta--the dressing took on a whole new life...an indescribable, delicious, religious experience. There is not a chance I will EVER make pasta salad any other way as this recipe is simply a masterpiece. I did sub black olives for the cauli. and spicy mustard (as in a brand spiked with tabasco) for the honey mustard and cayenne...not because I am slick, but because that's all I had on hand. I do have to disagree with others' suggestion in doubling the dressing, which I also did. I began by adding the original amount specified, then added a bit more and could immediately tell it was starting to become too heavy and way too much of a good thing; i.e. too much mayo in egg salad. I was so glad I erred to the side of caution. This recipe is a perfect and delicate balance of flavors exactly as written.
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When I mixed the dressing ingredients and did the taste test thing, I thought I had truly...