Pasta Salad Pointers
Cooking tips for the caring cook.
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.