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By: Loretta Sebastiani

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Authentic Italian Cooking

Pasta salad

Pasta salad or cold pasta ... however you call it is definitely one of the favorite dishes of most Italians in summer. It solves the problem of lunch or dinner when it's hot but it is a great help for cold dinners, meals buffet-style and barbecues. I have been doing experiments with cold pasta and its ingredients for about 25 years and I've put together many recipes, classic or innovative, you can adapt to every day menus or your special invitations. All recipes are well tested and largely verified in my kitchen ;))

Pasta salad with hard-boiled eggs. The image shows short Italian pasta dressed with vegetables in oil and quail eggs
Pasta salad, Italian style

Pasta salad or cold pasta ????

I like more pasta salad. Cold pasta makes me think of something that has little to do with this summer dish.

Well, imagine our classic Italian dish of macaroni, topped with a tomato sauce flavored with herbs. Now transfer your mind to its summer version: ripe tomatoes, basil, aromatic herbs, olive oil.
That 's how I tasted my first dish of pasta salad in a prestigious hotel in Ischia 25 years ago.
It 'was love at first sight and this love continues. You just have to scroll through the index and look for the recipe you like more.
You can always test all recipes.
Summer is so long ... :)))

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Italian pasta salad recipes

How to make a tasty Italian pasta salad: the most important rules

Every day I receive a lot of questions about pasta salad How-To. So I wrote a guideline with some tips: how to choose, cook and drain pasta, prepare the right sauce and preserve it. All this according to Italian cuisine!

Pasta salad with ring-shaped ingredients

Pasta salad with ring-shaped ingredients

All ingredients are cut into ring. From peppers to olives to zucchini. The pasta I chose has a ring shape too. Tasty and scenic, perfect for your invitations or birthday dinner!

Pasta salad with speck and asparagus

Pasta salad with speck and asparagus

This pasta salad is great for early summer if you want to use fresh asparagus, but asparagus is delicious frozen too. I tested it many times and every time my guests agree with me: it tastes fantastic!

Pasta salad with artichokes and surimi crab sticks

Pasta salad with artichokes and surimi crab sticks

This cold pasta has a real advantage: it is very fast to do because you can use ready-made ingredients. In the evening when you go home, you have only to slice surimi, ​​open a can of artichoke hearts in brine, cook pasta and all is ready. For those with little time ...

Pasta salad with truffle and rabbit

Pasta salad with truffle and rabbit

This is really great, I would say superb.
Select if you are planning a very special event.
Serve it and then let me know your opinion.

Pasta salad with borlotti beans

Pasta salad with borlotti beans

This pasta unlike the previous sounds more rustic. It 's ideal for a barbecue or a garden party. In addition to beans and eggs visible in the photo its ingredients are ripe tomatoes, pickled gherkins and vegetables in oil.

Pasta salad with green beans and trout

Pasta salad with green beans and trout

This is a real summer single course that combines the carbohydrates of pasta, protein of fish , fat of seasonings and beneficial properties of seasonal vegetables.

Pasta salad with buffalo mozzarella

Pasta salad with buffalo mozzarella

This is a fantastic dish for your special occasions made with typical Italian ingredients: buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, Porcini in oil and artichokes in oil.
I'm obliged to make double portions for my guests!

Pasta salad with octopus and beans

Pasta salad with octopus and beans

Another version of cold pasta with octopus but here I added beans too.
I created this recipe an evening when I had a special guest, lover of seafood!

Pasta salad with sardines

Pasta salad with sardines

This is a pasta salad I make at home several times in summer. My husband and I are lovers of sardines and I assure you that sardines marinated in citrus juice are great. But do not worry, they are not raw. After the marinade must be cooked :-)

Pasta salad with mackerels

Pasta salad with mackerels

Do you like mackerels? They taste fantastic in pasta salad too.
Follow my directions to prepare an unusual cold pasta dish

Pasta salad with bocconcini and tomatoes

Pasta salad with bocconcini and tomatoes

Its ingredients are: wholemeal pasta, chopped tomatoes, basil, chives, olive oil and mozzarella little balls. It tastes fantastic but ... what a pity its calories ... don't make it frequently!

Pasta salad with quail eggs

Pasta salad with quail eggs

If you look for a classic pasta salad recipe this is for you. Without any surprise. Really enjoy it at all.
I prepare every time I have guests of all ages.

Mediterranean cold pasta

Mediterranean  pasta salad with tomato confit, croutons, dried fruit and olives

I called this cold pasta Mediterranean for its ingredients: taggiasca olives, fried croutons, confit tomatoes and dried fruit. It's a vegan recipe suitable for all ages. You can choose it for your summer invitations without any doubt: everyone will like it!

Green pasta salad

Its main ingredients are green beans and tuna in oil. Serve it as one-plate meal. Tasty and easy-to-do recipe!

Pasta salad with shrimps and potatoes

Pasta salad with shrimps and potatoes

Not only shrimps and potatoes but green beans and porcini mushrooms too. This cold pasta dish is ideal for your special events: astonish your guests!

Pasta salad caprese style

Pasta salad caprese style

I think I made this pasta salad the first time more than fifteen years ago. It was the first pasta salad my husband and I published on our site and this recipe has been multiplied since then and its photo too ... you can find it on many sites. I do not know whether to be happy or not. I think not, after all. Guess why ... ;)
But my pasta is good, the classic versions of Italian pasta salad.

Ravioli salad

Ravioli salad

Homemade ravioli stuffed with tuna and olives and topped with fresh tomatoes.
You'll lick your lips!
Lots of work but a lot of satisfaction!

Ravioli salad with trout & melon

Ravioli salad with trout & melon

Have you ever tried to make ravioli salad? My husband and I really like it.
This is our first version. Have you ever tried to combine fruit with pasta? Test this pasta salad recipe. I'm waiting for your opinion ...

Pasta with zucchini and nasturtium

Pasta with zucchini and nasturtium

The image is sunny ... reminds summer. Its taste? fantastic. I have nasturtium flowers in my organic garden. They are fashionable, a lot of cooks use them to decorate their dishes. They're edible too and remind capers, great!

Pasta salad with octopus

Pasta salad with octopus

Combine octopus and pasta for your summer cold pasta dishes. See also the other version with the addition of beans :-)

Pasta salad with salmon and artichokes in oil

Pasta salad with salmon and artichokes in oil

Another good combination for your pasta salad is salmon with artichokes in oil ... hmm ... gnam, gnam ...
Do you guess? I like it very much!
Easy-to-do and tasty summer recipe!

Mediterranean pasta salad

Mediterranean pasta salad

This is a pasta salad made with chili pasta and tomatoes: tasty and easy to do provided you like hot chili pepper!

Pasta salad with tomatoes and chickpeas

Pasta salad with tomatoes and chickpeas

This is a proposal for your daily menus. Pulses should be eaten with pasta. The combination is perfect and healthy. Good, very good for those who love chickpeas.

Pasta salad with fresh tomatoes

Pasta salad with fresh tomatoes

If you have ripe and firm tomatoes this recipe will be very good. It's the easiest way to prepare pasta salad, Italian-style.
You can easily eat it all day ... look at its calories ;)

Penne with zucchini, shrimps and eggs

Shrimps eggs penne

In Italy we call mimosa every recipe in which yolk eggs are crumbled. This pasta dish is tasty both hot and cold. So you can find its recipe in the section dedicated to dry pasta.

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