Easy Pasta Salad

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This Easy Pasta Salad Recipe is so filling and will satiate your salad cravings because it is loaded with fresh vegetables and crispy bacon smothered and tossed in a creamy salad dressing. This recipe is also a healthy, refreshing and easy meal to make for a large crowd or even family dinners. 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 some of the best healthy dinner ideas like this salad recipe for your family. 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 Pasta Salad recipe is a keeper because it’s so basic yet comes out perfectly each time you make it.

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 chickpeas to make it extra nutritious. Adding pineapple bits, or fresh corn will enhance the taste and give the salad a pleasant sweetness. You can add hard boiled eggs or grilled chicken breast for extra protein. You can also add other types of meat like shrimp, tuna, turkey bits, ham chunks, etc. Some interesting salad dressing to add to this recipe 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, it can sometimes turn 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 salad dressing to it. 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 completely replace the mayonnaise with healthier options like Greek yogurt if you want in this recipe. Thank you to Nicole at the Wonky Wonderful food blog for sharing this versatile Easy Pasta Salad Recipe with us. For more healthy dinner ideas do check out Nicole’s blog. Easy, delicious salads such as this recipe are all you need when you crave a good meal. Make some today and have it!

Nutrition Facts for:Easy Pasta Salad from Wonky Wonderful
Ingredients: Pasta, peas, bacon, celery, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, greek yogurt, salt, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 927, Calories from Fat 481, Total Fat 53.4g 82%, Saturated Fat 17.0g 85%, Cholesterol 171mg 57%, Sodium 2400mg 100%, Potassium 844mg 24%, Carbohydrates 62.5g 21%, Dietary Fiber 2.8g 11%, Sugars 8.5g, Protein 46.7g, Vitamin A 1, Vitamin C 34%, Calcium 26%, Iron 26%

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