Mostaccioli Pasta Primavera Salad

Total Time
4hrs 15mins
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 15 mins

Lovely appearing and tasty salad

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. During last 2 minutes of cooking add the asparagus.
  3. Drain pasta& asparagus, rinse in cold water.
  4. Whisk together the mayo, Italian dressing, vinegar& pepper.
  5. When cool, in a large bowl, stir the pasta& asparagus with 1/2 cup dressing and remaining ingredients.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for several hoiurs.
  7. Just before serving stir in the remaining dressing.
Most Helpful

This is by no means your average pasta salad; it has very vivid flavors and colors. The ingredients work well together. The fruitiness of the balsamic vinegar brings out the pungency of the basil. The mixture of vegetables is wonderful too. I really liked the crunch of raw zucchini. Thanks for a great recipe Bergy!

Acerast June 27, 2006

This is a refreshingly different pasta salad--very tasty! I made a few alterations: I used campanelle pasta instead of mostaccioli; I used Parmesan & garlic Italian dressing; I cut the zucchini into slices, quartered them, and added them to the boiling water with the asparagus; I used yellow bell pepper, chopped; and I doubled the amount of bell pepper and red onion. It was such a nice change from the usual macaroni salad. Thanks, Bergy--I'll definitely make this again!

Halcyon Eve June 23, 2006