After a long, harsh winter, it is time to give your tastebuds a break from hot food. There is no danger that you’ll burn your tongue on any of these dishes, because all of these pasta salads are served cold. Plus, pasta salad is easy, fresh vegetables can make it healthy, and protein from meat or beans round out the meal. There are countless ways to prepare pasta salad, and we’ve got seven that you need to check out.
1. Pepperoni Pasta Salad
When you don’t have a lot of time to spare preparing dinner, make Taste of Home‘s pepperoni pasta salad. It serves between 4 and 6, and limits your time in the kitchen by using a pre-made dressing. Make it before heading out the door or starting a time consuming task, and by the time you’re done, the pasta will have cooled and your meal will be ready to serve.
- 2 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
- 1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
- 1 cup coarsely chopped cucumber
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 28 pepperoni slices
- 1/2 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, cheese, cucumber, tomato, onions, and pepperoni. Add salad dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.