The ultimate guide to Pasta Salad Recipes! Whether you want a classic like macaroni salad or something with a twist, we’ve got you covered!
I’ve told you once, I’ve told you twice…heck, I’ve probably told you about a dozen times by now…I love pasta salad! There’s just something about chilled noodles and fresh Summer produce smothered in delicious dressings that is so satisfying.
Plus, they’re incredibly customizable. Mix and match noodles, protein, veggies, and dressing… then DEVOUR. Seriously. Is there anything better?
Do you rinse pasta for pasta salad?
Yes, cooked pasta should be rinsed with cool water immediately after draining. This stops the pasta from cooking and also helps the pasta from clumping together and becoming gluey.
How to keep noodles from sticking together in pasta salad
There are a few things you can do to ensure your noodles don’t clump together:
- Cook the pasta al dente. You want the noodles to be somewhat firm so they hold up in the salad. If they’re overcooked they’ll mush together.
- Rinse the pasta. Rinsing the pasta with cool water after draining prevents the pasta from becoming sticky as it cools.
- Toss the pasta with olive oil. Drizzle a little oil over the noodles while they’re still hot to keep them from sticking together.
Can you make gluten-free pasta salad?
Yes. Use your favorite gluten-free pasta and make sure all of the ingredients you’re using in the salad are certified gluten-free.
Can you make pasta salad the night before?
Yes! It’s honestly even better if you do. It gives the pasta and veggies time to really soak in all the flavors.
How long will homemade pasta salad keep?
Leftover pasta salad will last up to a week in the fridge, depending on the ingredients used.
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