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Pasta salad recipe: Easy and healthy pasta salad with delicious pasta dressing

pasta salad
pasta salad
Sherry Smith-Noble

A summer gathering is not complete without pasta salad. Here is a recipe that you will love. The ingredients in this pasta salad recipe meld together so well that it’s hard to determine which makes it the best. The dressing is fabulous and easy to make, so don’t skip this important step as it brings the salad’s flavors together.

Cucumbers are full of healthy nutrients -- magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium are just a few. In fact cucumbers are one of nature’s perfect foods – good to eat and great for your skin (use them to make a wonderful facial) The red bell pepper has its own array of nutritious properties, including Vitamins C and E). This is a healthy pasta salad recipe, too!

This salad is not only healthy and delicious, it has such a beautiful presentation. The green of the cucumber and the red of the bell pepper give it a delightful visual appeal.

Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients for Pasta Salad:

  • 7-ounce package of pasta (penne, cavatappi, tortellini, macaroni all work well)
  • 3 ½ cups cole slaw mix (broccoli slaw mix is delicious, as well)
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

Salad Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar

Directions for Pasta Salad:

Cook the pasta according to package directions – drain, but do not cool completely. (The dressing will soak in to the warm pasta and make it wonderful!)

Dressing: Mix together the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the cooled pasta, cole slaw mix, chopped onion (if using), cucumber, and red bell pepper. Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the other ingredients and stir well to incorporate. Refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.