Picnic Pasta Salad -- One Dish Meal

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by 3KillerBs

A terrific, portable, one-dish meal made from items you probably have in your pantry and fridge. Good for a packed lunch when you don't want sandwiches (just keep it chilled in the cooler), or good for a cold meal at home on a hot day. Best made the night before.

Top Review by YaYa1689

DH, DD, DS & I loved this pasta salad! I used bow tie pasta and used a small bag of frozen mixed vegetables instead of green beans. Had small pieces of broccoli, cauliflower, corn, carrots. I used diced pepper jack cheese which gave it a little spice. The deli sold me a nice Black Forest Ham which I diced into nice chunky pieces. Is a pretty salad as well as very tasty. I will definately cook this wonderful recipe again. Thanks 3 K B's! Fixed for PAC.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk dressing ingredients together until smooth and well-blended.
  3. Toss salad ingredients with dressing until well-blended.
  4. Let sit, refrigerated, at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Note: Additional vegetables can be added substituted if desired. Frozen broccoli florets or chopped cucumber are particularly good. But if you add a lot of extra veggies you might need an extra half batch of dressing.
  6. Note: It is not necessary to thaw the frozen veggies if making it the night before.
  7. Note: Fresh beans, snapped to size, can be used raw for a crisper texture or they can be blanched and cooled first.

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