How To Make Easy Pasta Salad

How To Make Easy Pasta Salad

Indulge in the ultimate delight of pasta salad, the perfect companion to our summer cookout feast. This recipe is not only effortlessly easy to make, but it also offers the flexibility to customize the veggies according to your preferences. Get ready to fall in love with this sensational dish!


For the pasta:

  • 16 ounces of spiral pasta
  • 1 c chopped broccoli
  • 1 c chopped cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup of diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons of minced parsley

For the dressing:

  • 2 tps of Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 of teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of minced shallot
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 2/3 cup of olive oil


For the salad:

In a large stockpot, bring 4 quarts of water to a rolling boil.Add 1 tablespoon of salt and the spiral pasta.Cook the pasta till al dente, barely underdone, for approximately 8-10 minutes.Once cooked, drain the pasta and rinse it below cool water to halt the cooking process. Set it aside.In a big bowl, integrate the cooked and cooled pasta, chopped broccoli, chopped cauliflower, diced purple onion, and minced parsley. Pour the dressing over the pasta and veggies (see instructions below for dressing) and gently toss to coat everything thoroughly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the salad for at least one hour before serving, allowing the flavors to meld together.

For the dressing:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, minced shallot, minced garlic, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, and honey. Mix until well combined.

While whisking continuously, gradually pour in the olive oil, creating a smooth and emulsified dressing.Set the dressing apart till the pasta salad is prepared to be dressed.

Prepare yourself for a pasta salad experience like no other. This versatile dish allows you to let your creativity soar by swapping in or out your favorite vegetables. With each flavorful bite, you'll be transported to a realm of summer joy and culinary bliss. So fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and savor the perfect combination of pasta salad and your favorite cookout delights. It's a recipe that will leave everyone craving for more!