I love creamy pasta salad! You can make this recipe for the best pasta salad on any day and in a very short time.
It is one of those recipes for which you only need a minimum of ingredients, most of which you probably have in your kitchen.
Plus, it tastes fantastic. After all, this easy pasta salad contains only good stuff. We all like pickles, peppers, ham, or peas. The recipe for classic pasta salad is also interesting in that you can really use anything you feel like eating and what you can find in your fridge.
Do you like hard-boiled eggs in a salad? Yes, please. Do you want to spend some unused cheese that you have left from the last recipe? Feel free to use it.
However, what this salad should not miss are ham, corn, and red bell pepper. And of course pasta as well.
What pasta for classic pasta salad?
I think macaroni is best. Nah, I’m sure macaroni is the best option. That means you have to use them!
I’m joking, you can use a different type of pasta too. For example, if you have fusilli or penne at home, your fantastic pasta salad is unlikely to be offended. But not spaghetti. You’d probably be a little weird.
However, macaroni pasta fits well, because they keep dressing well, which also gets into their holes running through the center. Their size is also perfect.
When cooking pasta, I do one thing differently than usual. When you make any Italian pasta, whether your favorite spaghetti carbonara or pasta all’Amatriciana, it is a matter of course to cook the pasta al dente (and therefore not quite soft).
Pasta salad is probably the only recipe for which I recommend cooking pasta more than al dente. So maybe 2 or 3 minutes longer. But be careful not to overcook them.
Cold pasta salad is consumed, obviously, cold. That’s probably why I like when the pasta is a bit softer.
Creamy pasta salad with mayo or without?
I’m not gonna lie, mayonnaise makes a great taste in salad and it really belongs there. Easy pasta salad with mayo is a classic. But adding nearly a pound of mayonnaise almost hurts – especially your moral sense.
That’s why I try to find a middle ground. Mix approximately 1/2 cup of mayonnaise with 1 cup of natural Greek yogurt. Of course, natural yogurt is healthy and the taste will remain excellent.
Add pickle juice and pasta water to these two ingredients. Combine with minced garlic, salt and pepper, and your nice dressing for pasta salad is ready.
If your salad seems a little dry, add more yogurt or pickle juice. I love the typical acidity and flavor of pickle juice, so I like to add a bit more.
Pasta salad with chicken?
As I outlined at the beginning, it’s up to you what ingredients to use. Pasta salad with chicken is also a very tasty recipe. Therefore, there would be no need to add ham.
An equally good and delicious choice is a pasta salad with tuna. So don’t be afraid to use the different ingredients that you have available right now.Print