Theme Party Pasta Salad

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Recipe by Lisa1

This is a McCormick recipe originally intended for the Fourth of July. I use it to create "team colors" pasta salad, Christmas pasta salad, etc. Great for theme parties.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 cups uncooked rotini pasta, divided in 3 batches
  • 1 12 teaspoons food coloring (theme color #1)
  • 1 12 teaspoons food coloring (theme color #2)
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian salad dressing
  • 4 tablespoons McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning
  • 5 cups assorted raw vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, yellow squash, or red onions)


  1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil.
  2. Add food coloring for theme color #1 and 1 cup of dry pasta. Cook according to package directions.
  3. Rinse under cold water to stop cooking and drain well.
  4. Repeat with 2 cups of fresh water, theme food coloring #2 and 1 cup pasta.
  5. Repeat with 8 cups of fresh water and remaining 4 cups pasta (no food coloring).
  6. Place pasta in large salad bowl, add dressing and seasoning, and toss gently to coat.
  7. Cut vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Add vegetables to pasta and mix gently.
  8. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

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