Calico Cauliflower Pasta Salad

Pat Duran Recipe

By Pat Duran kitchenchatter

8 servings
15 Min
Stove Top

This is a colorful tossed veggie salad with pasta and a lemony vinaigrette that coats the salad that is a little tart.
Great to serve for a summer BBQ or family gathering or block party.

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5 c
chopped uncooked cauliflowerets, bite size pieces
1 c
cucumber slices
1 c
red onion, cut into thin wedges
1 c
grape tomatoes, cut in 1/2
1/2 c
sugar snap peas, cut in half, or 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 c
uncooked pasta , elbow or bowtie or wagon wheel
1/2 to 1 c
cooked shrimp, cubed cooked ham, bacon or tuna may be added if desired
1/2 c
olive oil
1 Tbsp
dry dill weed
1/4 c
rice vinegar
2 Tbsp
fresh lemon juice
1 c
mayonnaise, optional- use if adding the meat or seafood
2 tsp
finely chopped fresh garlic
3/4 tsp
kosher salt
1 tsp
granulated sugar
1/4 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook pasta according to package directions to the al dente stage; rinse; drain. Set aside.
Combine all vegetables in a large bowl. (add seafood,or ham or bacon or tuna now if using) Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, vinegar, dill, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. (mix in mayonnaise if add the seafood or ham,tuna or bacon)
Pour dressing over pasta and fold in the vegetables.Cover and Chill at least 2 hours.
I usually make double dressing to serve at the table- the pasta will absorb some of the dressing- so it depends how moist you like your salad.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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Joan Harrell AntiqueChick
Aug 15, 2012
Hi! Just wanted to ask if that was shrimp you have added in the picture? Can't wait to try this recipe this weekend...thanks!
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Aug 15, 2012
Yeah- you can add cooked pieces of ham or bacon or tuna or shrimp if desired and 1 cup of mayonnaise too. I'll go back and add that too. Thanks , the shrimp was my son's idea and the mayo was my mom. Thanks,Pat
Lori-Jo Wahl coolnana
Aug 15, 2012
Pat, this looks delicious - a sure keeper!
Laura Spencer-Whitacre fuddnbubbles
Aug 15, 2012
Hi sweet Pat. its hot huh. we will be up around 110 for a week anyway. and I have biscotti orders to bake, ugh. sure looking forward to heading your way in October.. xoxo have a wonderful week
Laura Spencer-Whitacre fuddnbubbles
Aug 15, 2012
:) forgot, saving this salad recipe, looks awesome, we are eating alot of cauliflower lately with Kimmis mock potato salad and all the other yummies out there.
I made a new flavored biscotti today, caramel /chocolate. my other newest flavor is coconut with fresh lime zest. think Im doing good.only one big chuckhole this week.we lost our beloved kitty tommylee. he is sitting on an angels lap I just know it. xoxoxox love ya.
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Aug 25, 2012
Laura been meaning to ask you what you do with all the biscottti- do you make them to sell? you sound like a very busy baker. sorry to hear about your kitty.

Thanks for sharing Kit. Hugs, gram