Pasta salad is nothing but a special kind of food dish that is considered as an appetizer and/or main course of food item that is made of one or more types of pasta, which is most often tossed in a vinegar, oil or mayonnaise-based dressing.
As the name itself suggests, pasta is the main ingredient, incorporated with different types of meat, seafood and/or vegetables along with the ripe tomatoes, olives and basil and then normally served chilled as an appetizer or a main course.
Though pasta salad can be served in any season all through the year, but it is especially known and regarded as a perfect party food dish for spring or summer time of the year.
As most of us know pasta salads can be available in different forms and range, but choosing a specific Pasta Salad that one would like to have should be done in such a way that it should match and go well together, but still should vary in flavor and taste appeal of the real pasta salad lovers.
If at all, one has to be specific about the range and different forms of the Pasta Salads, whether it is very simple or very complex can only be decided clearly on the basis of the particular occasion and the time spent for the preparation of that particular category of food items in the form of the Pasta Salad.
In other words, a pasta salad can be as simple as a macaroni salad, which is nothing but cold macaroni mixed with mayonnaise, a simple but surely smart combination.
You can also have a very well elaborated complex version of a simple pasta salad and to do so, you need to add various pastas tossed together with a vinaigrette and a variety of fresh, preserved or cooked ingredients to that particular simple pasta salad to make it something special.
Though the ingredients used in the preparation of tasty pasta are usually the same and common, but to some extent there can a variation in the ingredients purely depending upon the region, hotel, food culture of different families, seasonal availability, and/or the choice of any individual pasta salad lover.
In any case, no backyard parties, weeknight sides, picnics, summer parties and/or some other special get together parties, are complete without a delicious, versatile as well as healthy pasta salad, as it can be carried easily and served hot or cold.
So, if you and your family are the real food lovers and then surely you all would like to taste and enjoy some of the ‘Italian, Greek and/or Asian Pasta Salads’ that provide endless possibilities for new flavor combinations and ingredients, as an appetizer and/or main course of food item.
Any type of healthy and delicious pasta salad with light ranch dressing and veggies, can surely round out your supper, or transform it into a main dish by simply adding a protein and make the pasta salad a healthy family hit.
You can also find various types of categorization of the Pasta Salads clearly based on the different moods of the parties and/or special occasions.
So, for sure this kind of specific categorization can really impress and inspire many genuine hosts that want their party to be a grand success, right from the beginning with the best impression of the starters served at the party and then to be carried out successfully throughout the party till the end.
So, it is time to go through some of important specific categorization mentioned above and they are as below:
01. Macaroni Salad Recipes.
02. Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe.
03. Cold Pasta Salad Recipes.
04. Easy Pasta Salad Recipes.
05. Spaghetti Pasta Salad Recipes.
06. Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing.
There can also be a simple and common categorization of the Top Pasta Salads, based on the ingredients used other than the main ingredient ‘pasta’ and they are as below:
Tomato Pasta Salad
Vegetarian Pasta Salad
Seafood Pasta Salad
Rotini Pasta Salad
Chicken Pasta Salad
So, if you are planning to host a party and whatever your plans may be about the Pasta Salads to serve, but it is always better to start your party off right with the perfect party food ideas and easy but effective Pasta Salad recipe.
So the whole carefully well planned process that is explained in the above paragraph will help you very much in avoiding the first course that you are planning to serve to be a disaster and fall to the wayside.
To do so, the first and foremost thing you need to keep in mind that there are virtually thousands of Pasta Salads to choose from, but what you want to choose and serve should be such imaginatively delicious one out of all others that the most of the guests might not have come across in any of the parties that they have attended till then.
If you follow this process of imagination and creativity, then you as a host can get and make delighted your guests with new flavors and ideas of the delicious Pasta Salads and thereby certainly can have a “wow” from your guests as and when they have their very first bite, so that you as a host can be well satisfied.
So, if you too are eager to have such a pleasant hosting experience and then come and join us to know about the recipe for a ‘Perfect Pasta Salad’. So, let us move on to get into the detailed process of preparation of an easy, innovative, impressive and perfect version of ‘Pasta Salad’ – a Unique Italian Dish:
Preparation Time: 30 minutes.
Cooking Time: Cooking time and procedure has to be decided totally according to the instructions given on the pasta box.
Yield (Serves): 10 to 12 members.
Pepperoni (sliced): 1/2 lb.
Onions: (diced): 1 1/2 cups.
Tomatoes (chopped): 2 cups.
Black olives (sliced): 1/2 cup.
Tri-colored pasta: 1 box (1 lb).
Green peppers (diced): 2 cups.
Cubed provolone cheese as an optional ingredient: 1/2 lb.
Ingredients necessary for Dressing of this ‘Pasta Salad’:
Sugar: 1/4 cup.
Salt: 1 teaspoon.
Pepper: 1/2 teaspoon.
Oregano: 1 tablespoon.
Pompeian red wine vinegar: 3/4 cup.
Pompeian extra virgin olive oil: 3/4 cup.
Step 1: First of all, let the sugar dissolved completely and meanwhile mix together dressing and keep aside.
Step 2: Now start cooking the pasta according to the instructions given on the pasta box and then get it cooled by rinsing it under cold water.
Step 3: Then get the already sliced pepperoni circles to slice them again in the semi circle shape and thereafter separate them.
Step 3: Keep the provolone cheese aside (as it is optional), so that you can mix all the diced items together with pasta.
Step 4: Next thing is to pour all the dressing over it, mix them evenly, properly and chill perfectly.
So, finally your favorite delicious Italian dish by name ‘Pasta Salad’ for your picnic, potluck and/or some other similar special occasions, is all ready to serve and it’s the time for you and your guests to enjoy the amazing taste of a ‘Pasta Salad’.
Note: As different people may like the different states of ‘Pasta Salad’, some may like it moist and some others the drier one. So to get the desired consistency of any particular ‘Pasta Salad’ according to one’s choice, it is always better to add extra red wine vinegar or olive oil.
Note: If at all, you want to add provolone cheese to salad (though it is optional), make sure that it won’t get soggy and to do so, what you need to do is add provolone cheese to ‘Pasta Salad’, just before it is served.
All in all, a party-perfect Pasta Salad Recipe can make you as a host and also your beloved guests well entertained, which can ultimately let you up to enjoy the fruits of the effort that you have put and the commitment you have shown till the end of the party, because it is always said and been proved rightly so that the first impression will always be the best impression and the same way, the well chosen party-perfect Pasta Salads can carry on the positive impression achieved by their wonderful taste and flavor, all through the party till the end.