Monday, February 8, 2016

Pasta Salad

 When it comes to pasta salad you'll find that when it comes down to the nitty gritty it's actually rather simple to make.  Which can be a good thing, or if you overthink it, it can be a dish that can quickly have too much going on in it and it can go wrong.

So, here's a really simple pasta salad recipe for you to add your own things into and bonus is that the vinaigrette goes GREAT on regular salad as well.
Pasta Salad

  • 1/2 pound shaped pasta of choice, cooked to package directions
  • 1/2 can black olives, drained
  • Sharp cheese (amount depending on taste, I probably put in 1/4 cup of crumbles in mine)
  • 1 recipe vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl carefully to avoid breaking up pasta until pasta is well coated.

2.  Sprinkle dried basil on top.

3.  Serve.
Basic Vinaigrette 

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 1/2 tsp. cider vinegar (you could also use red wine vinegar or other vinegar for a different flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground mustard (or you can use 1 to 2 tsp. prepared mustard if you prefer)
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • Pinch of onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1.  Mix all ingredients in a a salad dressing shaker or whisk together in a bowl.

Serve over salad of choice (or use as vinaigrette in pasta salad, obviously).


  1. I have the same salad dressing container, got mine at goodwill for 89¢ with a 10% discount for being over 55. Cheryl

  2. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Erika. I wonder if I could get my daughter to eat something like this!

  3. Looks yummy. I will try this week. I love pasta salad. Especially leftovers.
    Thanks for sharing.