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What makes a good pasta salad?

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Riotproof

I should admit, I am no fan of them, but I’m wondering if dd might like them and have them as school lunch. I vaguely considered buying a small packet of the readymade ones, but then I thought I’d be stuck with the sweet mayo option if she liked it. 

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literally nobody

hmm i usually mix an even mix of whole egg mayo and Kewpie (japanese mayo). it’s quite a nice taste. 

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Riotproof

Do you add anything else? 

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CCABW

Tuna, sweet corn, mayo and pasta

i reckon chicken and pesto with cherry tomatoes would be really great too.

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JRA

The most popular, especially with kids, we have had is: chopped semi dried tomato, chopped olives and fetta.

 

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MsLaurie

* some sort of creamy dressing or a soft feta or similar that can give creamy texture 

* pasta that’s reasonably small, but solid- small penne or spirals or orrichette. Not risoni or macaroni 

* something slightly sharp/sweet like cherry tomatoes or sweetcorn

* something slightly salty like olives or bacon.

 

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15 minutes ago, caitiri said:

Does she like filled pasta,  went to a Christmas a couple of years ago where someone had made a tortellini pasta salad that was nice,  it wasn’t really creamy either.  More like this https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a47091/tuscan-tortellini-salad-recipe/

She doesn’t unfortunately. That does look good. 

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caitiri

Yeah my kids won’t eat it either,  so I’ve not made it because then I will eat the whole thing

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MadMarchMasterchef

Apart from sauce I add parsley, finely chopped red onion and capsicum, or as mentioned cherry tomato,  maybe capers, things like that. 

As an alternative to a cream tasting sauce pesto pasta salads are yummy too. 

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18 minutes ago, caitiri said:

Yeah my kids won’t eat it either,  so I’ve not made it because then I will eat the whole thing

I have hated it forever. The only one I vaguely like is eggplant, cherry tomato, basil one bit no one else likes it. 

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22Fruitmincepies

My favourite is one with marinated cherry tomatoes and asparagus with a vinaigrette dressing. Not sure your DD would like it. 

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CrankyM

I can't stand mayo based ones. I just can't. (I don't like mayo really so only tolerate a small amount. everyone always seems to go overboard on it). 

You can use other things like feta, or even a "dry" one which doesn't use sauce. 

My mum used to make an amazing one that was pasta, small pieces of blanched brocali, capsicum, olives, sweet corn kernals and a few black beans. All tossed with some feta, fresh gives and occasionally some red capsicum and basil pesto

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Froggilicious

Nagi has a nice one, boccinchini, olives, basil, cherry tomatoes, salami, red capsicum with an Italian dressing. 

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nom_de_plume

Bacon. Bacon makes everything good, but especially pasta salad.

Aside from that I like a honey mustard dressing on mine. Something with more zing than mayo.

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Riotproof

She does love mustard, that’s a good idea, thanks. 

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Jenflea

DD loves taking the tiny single serve pots of Woolies pasta salad to school.  At first I peeled a tiny bit of the foil lid(now plastic I think) but at 10 she can do it herself now. 

I give her one of those a little plastic forks(I reuse them) from ready made salads or takeaways and some cooked chicken or a twiggy stick. Whack it all in her lunchbox and then in her cool bag and she's happy as larry.  You could decant it into a Sistema container with the screw top lid too which would cut down on mess from the dressing if it's not all eaten. 

 

Otherwise if I'm making a home one, I do pasta, cut up ham, tiny cubes of cheese with a dressing of mayo and french dressing mixed together. Sometimes with parsley and chives snipped in, or some grated carrot. 

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rosie28

Small penne, pesto, chopped cherry tomatoes and goats cheese/feta- 4yo and 6yo both demolish it. Can be eaten hot, warm or cold. I often make a big batch and we have it for dinner and then the kids have lunch the next day. 

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cardamom

My favourite is penne with rocket pesto, with the preferred cheese/veg stirred through (I like feta, cherry tomatoes, torn baby spinach and lightly steamed green beans).

A catering business I worked at many eons ago used a vinaigrette type dressing - olive oil, balsamic vinegar and grain mustard - with bowties, bocconcini, rocket, sundried tomatoes, olives, etc.

I'm not a fan of the creamy varieties.

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Dianalynch

My dd doesn’t like creamy varieties, but does like pasta with cherry tomatoes, bits of ham, some grated cheese or Parmesan,  corn, etc and a bit of olive oil to stop the pasta sticking together. She likes pesto salads as well, but said they’re bit strong smelling for school lunches. 😂 

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got my tinsel on

This is the only pasta salad I make now: 

375g pasta of choice

2tbsp red wine vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil,  1/2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard.

pitted kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes haved/semi dried tomatoes and whatever else I have on hand, eg roasted capsicum, basil (torn into small pieces).

At it's best served warm but good any temp.

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Let-it-go

I’m kind of repulsed by the thought of pasta salad with mayo, I can’t even think if I’ve ever had that.  Potato salad or coleslaw yes, but not pasta salad.  The only pasta salad I ever make is with pesto.  I use that little rissoni pasta.  Feta for the salty bite, cherry tomatoes and cubed cucumber stirred through.  I’m sure Pooks many years ago supplied the recipe!  

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Riotproof

appreciate all the ideas, thank you. 
 

Mayo seems to be the one available at deli counters and etc, so I figured it was the default. 
 

I have made some headway, I happened to be having some tortellini for lunch, so I saved some unsauced, and offered it to her cold this afternoon. She quite liked it. So, I’m thinking of going quite basic to see what she thinks. 
 

I did see this https://www.recipetineats.com/macaroni-salad/ and thought the yoghurt was interesting. 

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Bethlehem Babe

I am another one who hates the mayo. 
 

My mum has a pasta dish which is amazing cold. Sausages, sliced up. Tomato, onion, cooked with parsley and green capsicum. Add grated Parmesan cheese. And a good dollop of Greek yogurt. 
 

 

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