Calico Cauliflower Pasta Salad

Pat Duran


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.


★★★★★ 1 vote

8 servings
15 Min
Stove Top


  • SALAD:

  • 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

How to Make Calico Cauliflower Pasta Salad


  1. 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.
  2. Dressing:
    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)
  3. 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.

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About Calico Cauliflower Pasta Salad

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

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