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Pasta Salad Pointers

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Make Perfect Pasta Salads Every Time!

  • For most pasta salads except Asian types, use small pastas such as penne, fusilli, farfalle, rigatoni, orzo, conchiglie or orecchiette.
  • Use whole wheat pasta for high-fiber healthy salads. If you find whole-grain too heavy on its own, mix it half-and-half with the same shaped refined pasta.
  • Aside from fresh vegetables and fresh herbs, other add-ins great for salads include drained canned tuna, prosciutto (ham), smoked turkey, shrimp and drained canned beans such as cannellini or even chickpeas.
  • Rinse pasta you will use for salad under cold running water to remove excess starch and to keep the pieces from sticking together.
  • Keep leftover pasta shapes that have similar cooking times together in an airtight container for quick meals.
  • If just a small amount of pasta remains in the package, cook all the pasta and use the leftovers in salads.

Pasta Salad Quick Fix

Feta Pasta Spirals: Combine one cup cooked spiral shaped pasta, 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, one minced scallion, and one small diced red pepper with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette dressing.

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