Tri Color Pasta Salad

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Tri_Color_Pasta_Salad1   I love a good pasta salad. A fresh and flavorful pasta salad at that, but without mayo. I know, I’m weird, but mayo just ain’t my thang. I need more flavor, I think that’s why I love ranch dressing or Caesar dressing on my sandwiches or pasta salads, like this one.

   The flavors going on inside this Trip Color Pasta Salad are divine. It’s coated in Caesar dressing and basil pesto (so good!) and tossed with all kinds of deliciousness; tomatoes, black olives, red onion and Parmesan cheese. It really is amazing. 🙂  

    We served this at our 4th of July BBQ. I was too busy scarfing it down myself to notice if everyone loved it, but there was hardly any left after the party, so I’m pretty sure it was a hit! 😀  

Tri Color Pasta Salad
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Serves: 6 to 8
  • 1 (12 ounce) box tri-color Rotini pasta
  • ⅔ cup creamy Caesar dressing
  • 4 Tablespoons basil pesto
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small can sliced black olives, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely diced
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 5 basil leaves, cut into strips
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of water until al dente. Drain water and place cooked pasta in a large bowl. Toss with the creamy Caesar dressing while warm. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss to combine.
  2. Cover bowl and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.




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4 thoughts on “Tri Color Pasta Salad

  1. I’m actually eating the tri-colored pasta while posting this comment. I love pasta salad! It’s always the first thing I gravitate to at parties and bbq’s. What I love about this pasta salad is how unique the flavor is. It doesn’t have that heavy vinegar taste you get from a lot of other pasta salads and I love the pesto with the Caesar dressing. If I had one bit of criticism, it would be that the onion is a little strong. However, I’ve always been sensitive to onion so that might be a personal preference. Overall I love this dish!

  2. This is a go-to recipe for me and have been using it for a while so I decided finally to say thank you!! I use cheese tortellinis as the pasta and I always get raving reviews. You rock!

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