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pasta salad ideas?

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TooTiredToday Sat 13-Sep-08 06:18:15

Help! I've been signed up to make a pasta salad tomorrow and have no idea what to put in it (apart from the pasta...)
I've never found a pasta salad that I like and am panicking.

SuperBunny Sat 13-Sep-08 06:39:40

I do one with cooked green beans and mayo. I usually add onions and/ or garlic, Parmesan and lots of black pepper.

Olives & cherry tomatoes with oil & vinegar dressing? Maybe feta too

Don't know any others. I'm not keen on cold pasta.

suzywong Sat 13-Sep-08 07:39:00

what kind of meal is it for and how many will it serve?

I am with SuperBunny on cold pasta but we can help you make it palatable

WelliesAndPyjamas Sat 13-Sep-08 07:41:31

chicken, cherry toms, onion mmmmmmmmmmm
or garlic sausage
I'm now in the mood for a pasta salad

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 07:44:01

Diced seeded tomatoes
A little garlic, chopped with a mezzaluna
A little chilli, chopped with a mezzaluna
Good olive oil

Leave to marinate for an hour

Stir into just cooked al dente pasta as late as possible before serving, with lots of mezzaluna vaguely-chopped rocket.

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 07:45:00

I would use orecchiette or penne, btw

cheekysealion Sat 13-Sep-08 07:49:29

i would just add red onion, peppers, cucumber
olive oil

suzywong Sat 13-Sep-08 07:52:46

nice one Anna

I'm sure there are a lot of people with good pasta salad recipes, I just associate it with my sister's squishy tricolour pasta spirals, 1000 island dressing and grated red leicester and carrots.

But that was in 1989

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 07:56:17

I agree Suzy Wong, pasta salad generally has terrible associations grin.

I think my recipe is quite nice on a very hot day on a buffet under an olive apple tree - wooden tables, red and white checked cloths etc

FairLadyRantALot Sat 13-Sep-08 07:57:25

what is mezzaluna?

How about adding Tuna, Sweetcorn, coked Peas(or tinned peas), Sprngonion and that a dressing made from 1/2 natural Yoghurt and 1/2 Mayonaise with pepper and salt...

Or instead of Tuna add some small cheddar cubes, and slices of Ham

FairLadyRantALot Sat 13-Sep-08 07:57:26

what is mezzaluna?

How about adding Tuna, Sweetcorn, coked Peas(or tinned peas), Sprngonion and that a dressing made from 1/2 natural Yoghurt and 1/2 Mayonaise with pepper and salt...

Or instead of Tuna add some small cheddar cubes, and slices of Ham

suzywong Sat 13-Sep-08 08:00:34

Robert De Niro at one end of the table, Al Pacino at the other ... ......

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 08:00:57

A mezzaluna is a sort of knife - a half moon shaped one with handles at either end.

mamado Sat 13-Sep-08 08:01:23

sunblush toms, normal toms, basil, peppers, shallot, olives, parmesan and balsamic dressing...Yum

btw, its very very nice made with filled pasta as long as you don't overcook it...imo its a mamado recipe!

SuperBunny Sat 13-Sep-08 08:01:38

lol @ coked peas

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 08:02:37

Yup, Claudia Cardinale (aged 23) perched on a branch and batting her eyelashes and tossing her hair over her bare shoulders...

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 08:04:31

<hijack - Suzy Wong do you have any good ideas for food for a girly 4 year old birthday party? If so I'll start another thread?>

suzywong Sat 13-Sep-08 08:05:14

no, sorry I have a brace of boys

suzywong Sat 13-Sep-08 08:07:11

who just neck handfuls of crisps and jam rolls IME

I also think and I am prepared to be flamed, that kids under 10 care not what they eat at parties, if you want to push the boat out do something themed for the adults. I did an English afternoon tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches at ds2s 5th bday party al fresco last weekend. It kept me happy

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 08:07:22


It's so difficult here in Paris - standards of food are so high... and I really object to getting caterers in for a 4 year old party...

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 08:09:00

My sister has done the English tea thing before for her children's birthdays - mini-scones, strawberries, teeny-tiny pots of home-made lemon curd...

Not sure that French children can cope with that tbh. And they do care about the food, unfortunately.

suzywong Sat 13-Sep-08 08:09:10

yes, I heard that few people actually bake themselves at home because the Patisserie on the corner can beat you hands down.

You're English, are you?
Do a cream tea like I did, I was sharing my Culture with my Australian friends.

suzywong Sat 13-Sep-08 08:10:56

oh, french kids do care do they?

Ummm, well then go for a different form over a different content

triangular sandwiches and mini everything on nice plates. Dollies' tea party kind of thing?

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 08:11:01

Yes, people don't really bake. And I'm out of practice and people don't appreciate typical English home-baking here...

I make puddings quite a lot - the sort you can't buy - but cakes tend to be bought.

Anna8888 Sat 13-Sep-08 08:12:15

Ooh dollies/bears tea party is a very good idea smile with super mini food...

I have that Ikea white mini china and tea cups - loads of it.

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