Pasta Salad with Pickled Red Onion

sue bronner


Everyone enjoys a good, cold pasta salad every now and then. I made this recipe after being inspired to try my hand at pickling red onions. Pickling adds such a unique flavor to the onions that I had try it in my tri-color pasta husband says it's a winner, winner(with a) chicken dinner!

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2 Hr 30 Min


12 oz
dry pasta of choice
1/2 oz
dry ranch dressing mix (half of 1 packet)
2 Tbsp
zesty italian seasoning
1/4 c
1/2 c
pickled red onion
1/4 c
red wine vinegar (for pickling)
2-3 pinch
salt (for the pickling)
1/4 c
parmesan cheese
top with feta cheese, optional

How to Make Pasta Salad with Pickled Red Onion


  • 1Prep:
    Thinly slice red onion and place in a small mixing bowl, add vinegar, salt and blend, set aside. Allow onions to soak while you prepare the pasta. Cook your pasta according to directions; to aldente. Drain and allow time to cool.
  • 2Once pasta has cooled - Add the ranch mix, italian dressing, mayo and parmesan cheese, mix until incorporated. Drain onions from the vinegar and finally fold into the pasta. Salt and pepper to taste (pickling adds enough flavor I added very little additional salt). Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • 3Serve cold topped with crumbled feta cheese if desired.

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About Pasta Salad with Pickled Red Onion

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides, Pasta Salads