Party Pasta Salad

Mary Gelfond


One thing that makes this "holiday" pasta salad is your choice of pasta. For Halloween I used black cat pasta. Your serving bowl can reflect the season. As a special addition you can buy "character" picks, which are often used on cupcakes. I bought a set with ghosts, witches, and skeletons. Place the picks into the cheese cubes before placing in salad.

If you are in a hurry, you can use your favorite bottled dressing.


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Approximately 16
30 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 lb
    specialty pasta
  • 1 medium
    cucumber, seeded
  • 1 small
    orange or red pepper, diced small
  • 1 can(s)
    black olives
  • 6-8 oz
    cheese, cubed

  • 1/4 c
    red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    dijon mustard
  • 1
    lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh dill, or 1 tsp prepared dill

How to Make Party Pasta Salad


  1. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain, cool under running water. Drain when cool.
  2. Add, cucumber, peppers and olives.
  3. While pasta is cooking, mix vinaigrette ingredients. Shake well. Pour over cooled pasta. (add to taste)
  4. Put pasta salad into serving bowl. Cool in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Place colorful toothpicks into cubes of cheese and place into salad.

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About Party Pasta Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat Low Sodium

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