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Easy Pasta Salad Dressing Recipes 

Pasta salads.  They’re an iconic summer barbecue dish, usually made from cooked pasta, an assortment of veggies, and a creamy mayo or mustard based dressing.  But, there’s no reason why pasta salads can’t be more inventive than that!  

I happen to keep a large stockpile of various types of pastas: a lot of rotini, small, medium and large macaroni, and even some animal-shaped pastas.  I am not sure how I amassed such a collection, but I have been slowly making my way through it.  Pasta salad is a yummy and inexpensive way to use up any type of pasta, and any veggies, herbs and cheeses that need to be used up in your fridge.  

I wrote a basic tutorial on how to make pasta salad, from start to finish, customizing it to the ingredients in your home.  It’s a great place to start!  If, however, you are looking for some unique pasta salad dressing recipes, look no further.  You should be able to find one here that will suit your tastes!  I’ve also included a printable version below, in case you want to add it to your cookbook scrap book, or hang it on your fridge for easy access. 

Creamy Italian

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp sour cream 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil 
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried salt

Whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.   

Pasta salad suggestions:  Cooked rotini, black olives, diced tomatoes, diced pepperonis, and cubed mozzarella. 

Ranch

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream 
  • 1/4 cup milk 
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley 
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt 

Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. 

Pasta salad suggestions: Cooked macaroni, crumbled bacon, diced red peppers, and shredded Parmesan cheese. 

Garlic

  • 2/3 cup olive oil 
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 
  • Juice from 1 lemon 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. 

Pasta salad suggestions:  Cooked mini shells, cherry tomatoes, ricotta cheese and capers. 

Mediterranean

  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard 
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 

Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. 

Pasta salad suggestions: Cooked orzo pasta, diced tomatoes, and kalamata olives. 

Asian

  • 1/3 cup olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil 
  • 1.5 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. 

Pasta salad suggestions: Cooked soba noodles, thinly cut zucchini and mushrooms, green onions and sesame seeds. 

Pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves 
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. 

Pasta salad suggestions: Cooked penne, diced onion, cherry tomatoes and shredded mozzarella. 


It’s that easy! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be creating your own easy pasta salad dressing recipes from your favorite ingredients, and making up your own recipes!  to print out the image above, click here



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