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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Two for Tuesday -Pasta Salads

I am not a fan of Italian dressing style pasta salad like the kind you can buy in a box from Kraft. Blech. I do however like a sweet tasting one.
Below are two different versions of a Sweet Pasta Salad.The first is one that I have been making for years - often to take to funeral dinners and to cookouts.. It isn't horribly healthy as it has a boatload of sugar in it. But if you don't mind some sugar it is delicious. The second one is healthier and full of strawberry goodness.

Twisty Pasta Salad

Tri-colored pasta makes this a colorful salad, perfect for potlucks or family cookouts.
1 package (16 ounce) tricolor spiral pasta
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 can olives
1/2 bottle of Italian Dressing
1/2 c. sugar 
1/2 c. vinegar
1 Cup water
1 tsp. salt

The Cooking:
  • Cook pasta according to package directions:(be sure to use salted water)  drain and rinse with cold water. 
  • Place in a large serving bowl. 
  • Add the onion , tomato, cucumber, green pepper and parsley: set aside. 
  • In a saucepan, combine the dressing ingredients. 
  • Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Pour over salad and toss to coat. 
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight hours so the flavors can marry.
This makes a ton.

This one is a bit healthier and absolutely delicious. It also makes a bunch. 

Strawberry Pasta Salad

This is a good cold side dish for a picnic or family dinner.  You can also bring it in containers to a party or cover dish dinner and mix it at the last minute.
3 cups uncooked penne pasta
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (you can use coconut cream if you want)
1/3 cup toasted flaked coconut
4 cups chopped or torn salad greens
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts  (just put in a pan over low heat and stir until toasted)
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, separated
1 teaspoon oil (I use olive oil)
The Cooking:
  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • While the pasta is cooking make the dressing by combining the cream, honey, vanilla and 1/2 cup strawberries in a blender, cover and blend until smooth and slightly thickened, about 30 seconds.
  • Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water.
  • Place the pasta in a large bowl and add oil and toss to coat.
  • Add coconut and the remaining strawberries
  • Toss gently
  • Place the greens in a serving bowl and top with pasta mixture
  • Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with walnuts
Serve immediately.

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I am also linking this to Balancing Beauty and Bedlams Tasty Tuesday.


  1. Hi Christy! These are both great options...I'm definitely feeling the need to try the one with strawberry and coconut...the flavors sound fabulous! And with pasta unique =) Awesome Two for Tuesdays link...thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. I love the tri colored pastas! I wish my kids weren't so weird about green pasta!

    Okay, so I saw on your profile that you were a star wars fan but not the 3rd movie. Just curious, the 3rd episode or the 3rd one released? So is it Jedi or Sith you don't like?

  3. great pastas, I also hate the box version, gross...strawberry and coconut , love that combo..stars wars, oh we LOVE them all, my girls are huge fans...


  4. 3 Studies REVEAL Why Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    This means that you literally burn fat by consuming coconut fat (also coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from big medical journals are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!