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PASTA SALAD
Suggestions

Here are suggestions for some ingredients to be used in making pasta salads.

cooked pasta:

  • macaroni, penne, fusilli, farfalle, orecchiette, cotelli, garganelli, ruote, etc
additional ingredients:
  • meat: cooked chicken, crisp bacon, diced ham, baked, hot or cold smoked or canned salmon or tuna, etc
  • vegetables: lettuce, cucumber, tomato, sun-dried tomato, bell pepper, radish, olives, green peas, beans, celery, green onion, scallion, chives, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, champignons, etc
  • fruit: apple, avocado, pineapple, pear, peach, grapes, kiwi fruit, etc
  • toasted pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, etc
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • grated or thinly shaved Parmesan or other diced or grated cheese (eg strong Cheddar, Gouda, Emmental, Finnish Ritari or Turunmaa, etc)
for sauce and seasoning:
  • oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mayonnaise, crème fraîche, sour cream, chutney, pesto sauce, etc
  • salt, sugar, pepper, mustard, mustard powder, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika powder, celery salt, tarragon, basil, parsley, etc

Cook the pasta until tender, drain and let cool a bit. Mix in the seasoned sauce and any of the additional ingredients you like. Cover and place in refrigerator for 1 - 2 hours before serving for the pasta to absorb the sauce and the flavours to mix.


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