No matter the time of year it is, we never tire of cold pasta salad recipes... as long as they are delicious and have plenty of variation in the ingredients, that is.
If you enjoy cold pasta salad too then this page is just for you!
In an effort to help you stock your recipe collection with all types of tasty vegetarian pasta salad variations and easy dressing recipes, we're adding all our favorites here.
You'll find everything from super simple cold pasta you can make with a box of Simply Pasta Salad from Wal-mart and a few extra veggies to vegetable packed, fully homemade (except for the noodles) cold pasta masterpieces you'll eat again and again.
These make great lunch and dinner recipes and they're easy to pack on the go meals for you or the kids. Most of what you find here will make more than enough to feed a large family or provide meals for at least a couple of days for a small one.
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1 16 oz. package spiral noodles
1 1/2 c sugar
Yield: 10 servings
231 calories, 3g fat, 46g carbohydrates, 8g protein
Recipe Notes: Chill the dressing separately and add it when you are ready to serve it. Just be sure to whisk again before adding it to make sure everything is well combined. If it sit too long the ingredients tend to settle to the bottom of the bowl.
A little bit of this dressing goes a long way so be careful not to use too much before you taste it. You can always add more if it's not enough, but using too much can definitely overwhelm the rest of the dish.
Though this dish is best when served cold, you can eat it as soon as you're done putting it together too!
1, 16 oz. package whole wheat ziti noodles
Yield: 10 servings
244 calories, 12g fat, 31g carbohydrates, 5g protein
Recipe Notes: This is our #1 pick for cold pasta salad recipes! It is wonderful served alone, but it also goes great with garlic toast, sliced and toasted French bread or your favorite vegetarian soup.
Be sure to give it plenty of time to get cold as it gives the flavors time to set. If you have everything you need, make it the night before you plan on serving it. Short on time? Instead of doing everything, just chop your veggies instead, so they'll be prepped and ready when you are.
1 box Simply Pasta Salad
Yield: 4 servings
384 calories, 14g fat, 51g carbohydrates, 10g protein
Recipe Notes: This is our pick for easiest cold pasta salad recipes. It's got no prep work at all unless you want your veggies chopped up instead of in whole pieces.
Aaron and I love to sprinkle with Panko breadcrumbs to give it an extra bit of crunch with every bite. Don't add them until you are ready to serve to keep them from getting soggy.
Top it off with shredded parmesan cheese and serve it with a bowl of your favorite soup for a light and tasty lunch or dinner your friends and family will love.