The Secret To Perfect Pasta Salad Dressing

Pasta Salad Dressing

It’s the day before payday and you don’t have a plan for dinner. Plus, all you can find in your kitchen vegetables and a box of noodles. (And you are so tired of salad you could scream!) What do you do? I found making a big batch of pasta salad is a great solution. Plus, I discovered the secret to perfect pasta salad dressing. 

Before experimenting in the kitchen, I thought there were 2 options for pasta salad: mayo or oil-based dressing, such as Italian. Since I’m not a huge mayo fan, I always went with an oil dressing.

And then my mother-in-law gave me a recipe book with her Chicken Pasta Salad that combined mayo, oil and herbs to make the dressing…and it was by far my favorite!

The secret to perfect pasta salad dressing is mayo and Italian dressing. 

Pasta Salad Dressing

I combine one part mayo and one part Italian dressing and it’s delicious. It gives traditional pasta salad a gourmet flavor with only two ingredients. Plus, this recipe is very inexpensive to make.

I make this pasta salad about once a month when I have shredded chicken and/or a few vegetables that I want to use up without making a salad. Here is my recipe for my pasta salad.

Frugal Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • Leftover rotisserie chicken (the best!)
  • A box of bowtie pasta
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of mayo
  • 1/2 cup of Italian dressing

Pasta Salad Dressing

Instructions:

  1. First, cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Cut up vegetables.
  3. Mix 1/2 cup of mayo and 1/2 cup of Italian dressing in a bowl until blended.
  4. Last, combine ingredients and refrigerate. (I love this salad chilled.)

And the BEST part of pasta salad is the leftovers that stay tasty for days.

Frugal Chicken Pasta Salad
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Serves: 8
 
This delicious recipe is the perfect way to use up leftover chicken and vegetables.
Ingredients
  • Leftover rotisserie chicken (the best!)
  • 1 box of bowtie pasta
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup of mayo
  • ½ cup of Italian dressing
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Cut up vegetables.
  3. Mix ½ cup of mayo and ½ cup of Italian dressing in a bowl until blended.
  4. Combine ingredients and refrigerate. (I love this salad chilled.)

 

Pasta Salad Dressing

Do you like chicken pasta salad? If so, what are your favorite ingredients to add in?

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