Want to be the talk of your next picnic? Take a big tub of this gorgeous Summer Rainbow Pasta Salad and you will be my friend! Crammed full of healthy vegetables and a dressing that packs a serious flavour punch, this sensational Summer dish not only looks the part but tastes it too. You need this in your next picnic hamper, trust me…
It also doubles as a make ahead work lunch and tasty midweek meal!
Summer Rainbow Pasta Salad Recipe
Here is what you will need to serve 5-6
- 225g Ditali Pasta *
- 1 Red Pepper, Deseeded & Finely Chopped
- 150g Sweetcorn
- 1 Carrot, Peeled & Grated
- 1 Stick Celery, Finely Chopped
- 1/2 Red Onion, Peeled & Finely Diced
- 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, Finely Chopped
- 90g Mayonnaise
- 120ml Sour Cream
- 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 tbsp Honey Mustard
- Salt & Pepper
*You can use whatever pasta you like/have in the cupboard.
- Large Mixing Bowl
Firstly, in a large pan of salted boiling water, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, prepare all your vegetables and herbs. (Peel, grate, chop etc.) Then place them all into a large mixing bowl. If you like, save a little of each one to scatter over the top when you serve. (This makes it look super inviting and colourful!)
When the pasta is cooked, drain, rinse in cold water then drain again.
Next, let’s make the dressing.
In a little bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, red wine vinegar, honey mustard and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Then realise that you haven’t put the vegetables in a large enough bowl, change it to a bigger one and stir through the cooked pasta.
Finally pour over all that lovely dressing and give it a really good mix to ensure everything is nicely coated.
Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. (You can make this up to 24 hours in advance.) Then when you are ready to eat, scatter over any reserved vegetables you saved and tuck in! Refrigerate and consume any leftovers within 2 days.
You can’t tell me that doesn’t look inviting, this Rainbow Pasta Salad is like Summer in a bowl! This is sure to be a hit at your next picnic. It may surprise you, but even fussy eaters might like this one. The dressing is quite strong and masks the individual tastes of the vegetables well. If you chop everything finely, skip scattering the vegetables on top and just mix it all in, I bet you they won’t even realise how much good stuff they’re eating! Trust me, I’m a fussy eater too.
I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time.
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