Creamy Cheddar Pasta Salad

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This Creamy Cheddar Pasta Salad recipe is so filling and will satiate your hunger because it’s truly comforting and the best salad ever. This creamy salad recipe is a healthy, refreshing and easy meal to make. Incorporating salads in your diet through simple healthy recipes is always an excellent way to end your day, especially on busy weekdays. No matter what, you can always count on simple healthy recipes like this pasta salad as one of the best healthy dinner ideas. This wonderful cheddar salad recipe is an easy meal and less time consuming to prepare. Simple healthy recipes like this wonderful pasta salad is a great way to make sure that your loved ones are getting the best nutrition in their diet. This super easy Creamy Cheddar Pasta Salad recipe is a keeper because it’s so basic yet comes out perfectly each time.

The best part about this appetizing Pasta Salad recipe is that it can be modified as per your preference. If you like red, yellow and orange peppers, go ahead and add them to this salad. You can even add grape tomatoes, dill pickles, and broccoli. Throw some greens like kale, arugula and chopped lettuce in it. Add some black beans or chick peas to make it extra nutritious. Adding pineapple bits, peas or fresh corn will enhance the taste and give the salad a pleasant sweetness. You can make some hard boiled eggs for that extra protein. Bacon bits or grilled chicken breast are some wonderful meat options. You can also add other meats like shrimp, tuna, turkey bits, ham chunks, etc. Some interesting dressings to add into this salad are Ranch, Italian, Thousand island or French mustard. You can even add spices like paprika, cayenne pepper, Cajun spice, or garlic powder as well.

Although pasta salad is easy to make can sometimes turn out too runny if you add too much mayonnaise or may taste too vinegar-ish at times. The key to getting pasta salad right each and every time is to add the right amount of dressing. To seal the freshness in the salad, always store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Since pasta tends to absorb mayonnaise, it is recommended not to overcook it. To prevent the pasta it from getting soggy, always cook it el dente. When you cook pasta, try not to rinse it in cold water. Instead, drain it, retain a little of the cooking water and mix just a spoonful or two of the starchy water in the dressing. This will help your pasta stick to the dressing beautifully. You can replace mayonnaise with healthier options like Greek yogurt if you want.Thank you to Ashley at the ‘Center Cut Cook’ food blog for sharing this versatile Creamy Cheddar Pasta Salad recipe with us. For more healthy dinner ideas do check out Ashley’s blog. Easy, delicious salads such as this recipe, is all you need when you crave a good meal. Make some today and have it!

Nutrition Facts for: Creamy Cheddar Pasta Salad From Center Cut Cook
Ingredients: Rotini, red bell pepper, celery, cheddar cheese, onion, mayonnaise, sugar, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, dried parsley.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 461, Calories from Fat 179, Total Fat 19.9g 31%, Saturated Fat 7.6g 38%, Cholesterol 37mg 12%, Sodium 391mg 16%, Potassium 85mg 2%, Carbohydrates 57.4g 19%, Dietary, Fiber 2.4g 10%, Sugars 10.6g, Protein 14.9g, Vitamin A 18%, Vitamin C 49%, Calcium 23%, Iron 16%

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