Creamy Italian Pasta Salad

Creamy Italian Pasta Salad
Staff Writer

Cheryl Sousan

The creaminess in this recipe isn't as bad as you think. Only ½ cup of mayonnaise is added to the dressing, along with Italain dressing, mustard, and lemon juice, for a silky and flavorful dressing. 

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Ingredients

  • 1  Pound  rotini pasta
  • 1  Cup  Italian dressing
  • 1/2  Cup  mayonnaise
  • 6  Tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 2  Tablespoons  mustard
  • 2  Cups  chopped cucumber
  • 1/2  Cup  chopped celery
  • 1  Cup  sliced black olives
  • bunch green onions, sliced
  • 2  Cups  chopped cooked chicken
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of  paprika (optional)

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Heavily salt the water and stir in the pasta. Cook 1 minute past al dente. Rinse with cold water, and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine warm pasta with all other ingredients, stir until well mixed. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
63mg
21%
Carbohydrate, by difference
18g
14%
Protein
22g
48%
Vitamin A, RAE
311µg
44%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
27mg
36%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
275µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
130mg
13%
Choline, total
49mg
12%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
67µg
17%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
55mg
17%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
129mg
18%
Selenium, Se
18µg
33%
Sodium, Na
963mg
64%
Water
173g
6%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Italian Pasta Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Pasta Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients.Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Italian Pasta Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.