This super easy pasta salad is perfect for family dinners, parties, or picnics!
Back in the day, I was the person who would always bring the soda or napkins to cookouts. It wasn’t that I was lazy. I just didn’t want folks to talk about my cooking!
Well, I’m a grown woman now, and I know that a good cookout requires people to bring more than just soda. Especially since I’m rolling four people deep!
Now, if you really can’t cook, by all means, keep bringing the easy stuff. Otherwise, it’s time to put some simple recipes in your back pocket to pull out whenever you’re invited somewhere.
This super easy pasta recipe is one that you can use over and over again. It’s a foundational recipe, meaning you can make it as is, but make it your own if you want.
Take our family for example. The people that I live with only like simple vegetables. You know, carrots, cucumbers—veggies with very mild flavor. Your family might enjoy mushrooms, asparagus, or zucchini.
With this pasta salad recipe, you can adapt based on your family’s preferences with no problem!
What Kind of Pasta Should You Use
When I’m making pasta salad, I love using farfalle, or the bow tie shape. Rotini is my second favorite.
The best thing about this easy pasta salad recipe is that any shape of pasta will do, really.
Just keep in mind that you’re taking it to a party, so you want to use a cute shape. Yes, I said a cute shape. Y’all know what I mean!
How To Adapt This Pasta Salad Recipe
This is the only pasta salad recipe you will ever need. I’m so serious. It’s basic and encompasses everything that makes a good pasta salad.
As I said above, my family isn’t keen on a ton of different vegetables. However, I can get away with switching out some of the herbs, cheeses, and vinegar that I use to make this pasta salad.
If you know you’re going to want to take pasta salad to a few different events this summer, or even just switch things up for your family, do it!
Try different cheeses: feta, parmesan, blue cheese, shredded or chunked sharp cheddar
Add some protein: shredded chicken, chopped salami, turkey pepperoni
Swap flavors: add soy sauce, use rice wine vinegar instead, squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over the salad
Use herbs: Swap rosemary for cilantro, instead of dried oregano, use fresh, or add your favorite herb
Super Easy Pasta Salad
This easy pasta salad can be made in minutes and is perfect for family meals, picnics, or parties! I like to combine cilantro with the pasta salad so that you get the flavor throughout, but if you're making for a large group, just add it at the end!
Super Easy Pasta Salad
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 681mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
This easy pasta salad can be made in minutes and is perfect for family meals, picnics, or parties!
I like to combine cilantro with the pasta salad so that you get the flavor throughout, but if you're making for a large group, just add it at the end!
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