11 Pasta Salad Recipes that Prove This Dish Is Made for Year-Round Consumption
As far as summer dishes go, pasta salad is a classic. With the fresh veggies, light dressing, and cold noodles, it's basically an edible dream come true. But as soon as the bathing suits and white pants are put away for the year, we seem to forget that pasta salad is still an amazingly delicious meal we can eat. The temperature outside doesn't need to determine what we should and should not consume. I drink just as much lemonade as I do cinnamon lattes, and that doesn't mean I'm a seasonal etiquette failure. I realize such a title has never been established, but it feels like it's a thing that exists, doesn't it? Especially with the rule around white pants. Wear 'em in October and puzzled glances will be in abundance.
How silly is that? You should always wear, eat, and do whatever you want, regardless of the potential reactions from others. And that applies to the erroneous expectations surrounding seasonal meals. Cold noodles taste just as good, if not better, than hot noodles do on a chilly winter day. Pasta salad is also just a fantastic leftover, since you never have to worry about reheating and getting that weird, day-after microwave taste. Here are 11 drool-worthy recipes that prove pasta salad is for year-round consumption.
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Orecchiette with Roasted Grapes and Tomatoes
Grapes may seem like a summer fruit, but with harvesting starting in May and going through October, it’s actually more of a cold-weather produce item. And with the rich colors of the tomatoes, basil, and the grapes, this recipe from A Spicy Perspective is equal parts beautiful and tasty.
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Herb Chicken Tortellini Salad
This little food gem is perfect for three reasons: 1) the herb chicken tortellini tastes incredible as a hot or cold dish, 2) Caesar dressing is an unexpected choice for a salad like this with artichoke hearts, olives, and red peppers, but it absolutely works, and 3) it includes a large amount of cheese. So yeah. Taste and Tell nailed this one.
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Cold Noodle Salad with Creamy Peanut Sauce
Fusilli Caesar Salad
Cold Pasta with Burrata and Slow Roasted Tomatoes
Pasta with Peas, Smoked Almonds, and Dill
Tri Color Pasta Salad
Pesto Pasta and Ham Salad
Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad
Italian Chopped Salad
Spinach Chicken and Pasta Salad with Teriyaki Vinaigrette
A pasta salad with winter ingredients and a sweet and tangy sauce is really your best case food scenario. All the flavors in this dish from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe complement each other extremely well. And since it tastes its best when marinated in the dressing for at least an hour before serving, you know it will make for amazing leftovers.
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