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7 Tips That Will Help Improve Your Pasta Salad

So perhaps this is pasta salad night for you. If so there are so many pasta salads that you can choose from. Tortellini Pasta, Pesto Pasta Salad, Chicken Pasta Salad, Vegan Pasta Salad and Caprese Pasta Salad are just a few.

If It is Pasta Salad Night, I want to make sure that you can make use of these 7 tips that will improve your Pasta Salad making skills. if you hear more umms and hmms at the dinner table, you just might be on the right track. I hope so.

Below are 7 tips for making Pasta salad along with my 13 favorite Pasta Salad recipes.

Tip #1 Used Dried Pasta instead of Fresh Pasta

It is a good idea to used a dried pasta like Fusilli, Farfalle, Penne or Rotini. The small sized pasta makes it easier to eat and the folds and pockets provide space to trap the dressing, herbs and other small ingredients.

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Tip #2 : Plan To Cook The Pasta Until It’s Al Dente

You never want to leave the pasta on the stove too long our else you are going to end up having mushy pasta, however if you take the pasta off too soon you will have tough noodles.

Pasta hardens and gets chewier as it cools so for a well cooked pasta until it gets firm just add an extra minute of cooking. This will keep the pasta soft while it cools.

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Tip #3 Dress Appropriately

Most people will put the dressing into the pasta salad all at one time. Don’t do that, do this instead. Put about two-thirds to three quarters of the dressing in the pasta salad while it is still warm. Add the remainder before serving. The warm pasta will make the dressing absorb easier, and will create better flavor.

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Tip #4 Flavour

Using Aromatic herbs makes this a game changer for your pasta salads. Herbs such as mint, basil, fennel, oregano, thyme and tarragon are good examples.

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Tip #5 ; But What If I Like A Tangier Taste ?

If you are in the mood for your Pasta salad to be more tangier than open up the crisper and add some extra lemon. Oh I tell you, it’s going to be really really tangy if you add extra lemon.

Tip #6 : Veganize Your Pasta Salad

If you are more Vegan then all you got to do is take out any feta and replace it with sundried tomatoes.

Tip #7 Size Matters

It is important to use a pasta that is small and that will closely mirror the same size of the vegetables and other delicious ingredients that you plan to use. Rotini, farfalle and bowtie pasta is just the right pasta. Spaghetti Pasta would be too long.

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Here are my 13 favorite Pasta Salad Recipes

Creamy Ranch Potato Salad : Click Here

Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad in a large glass bowl
Family Fresh Meals

BBQ Kielbasa Pasta Salad : Click Here

BBQ Kielbasa Pasta Salad | Sweet Baby Ray's
Sweet Baby Rays

Japanese Pasta Salad : Click Here

The Japantry

Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad : Click Here

smoked salmon pasta salad in a beige serving bowl
Salt & Lavender

Tangerine Chopped Pasta Salad : Click Here

Tangerine Chopped Pasta Salad - Taylor Farms
Taylor Farms

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad : Click Here

White bowl full of buffalo chicken pasta salad
Spend With Pennies

Habanero Ranch Pasta Salad : Click Here

Habanero Ranch Pasta Salad
Fox Valley Foodie

Mango Salsa Pasta Salad : Click Here

Bijoux and Bits

Strawberry Mango Pasta : Click Here

Empty Nest Eats

Curry Pasta Salad : Click Here

Curry Pasta Salad
Best Recipes

Hawaiian Pasta Salad : Click Here

Hawaiian Pasta Salad
Closet Cooking

Imitation Crab Pasta Salad : Click Here

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Blue Cheese and Beef Pasta Salad : Click Here


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