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    Picnic Pasta Salad -- One Dish Meal

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    3KillerBs's Note:

    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.

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    Salad ingredients

    • 453.59 g macaroni, cooked and cooled (or other preferred pasta)
    • 236.59-473.18 ml diced ham (ham you cut from a real ham is leaner than lunch meat ham or other processed ham products)
    • 226.79 g diced mozzarella cheese or 226.79 g diced swiss cheese or 226.79 g diced provolone cheese
    • 59.14 ml minced sweet onion (optional)
    • 453.59 g frozen green beans, cut in 1-inch pieces
    • 4-6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
    • 340.19 g marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped



    1. 1
      Mix all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
    2. 2
      Whisk dressing ingredients together until smooth and well-blended.
    3. 3
      Toss salad ingredients with dressing until well-blended.
    4. 4
      Let sit, refrigerated, at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.
    5. 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. 6
      Note: It is not necessary to thaw the frozen veggies if making it the night before.
    7. 7
      Note: Fresh beans, snapped to size, can be used raw for a crisper texture or they can be blanched and cooled first.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 10, 2012


      This was a wonderful pasta salad that had many unique touches to set it apart from more typical pasta salads. I was pretty faithful to the recipe, using rotini pasta, 1 cup of ham, cheddar cheese, included the sweet onion, and using 4 hard-boiled eggs. These quantities worked out perfectly for our tastes. This salad made the perfect take-along lunch and packs nicely. I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for sharing.

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    • on September 26, 2007


      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.

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    • on August 05, 2007


      Left out the artichoke hearts since I wasnt a fan of them, but the rest of the salad was great! I used low fat mayo and cut back on the oil a bit and it turned out great. Will try again an throw in some more veggies, thanks for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Picnic Pasta Salad -- One Dish Meal

    Serving Size: 1 (203 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 490.2
    Calories from Fat 183
    Total Fat 20.3 g
    Saturated Fat 6.4 g
    Cholesterol 126.7 mg
    Sodium 563.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 54.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.2 g
    Sugars 3.7 g
    Protein 22.9 g

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