Creamy Italian Pasta Salad

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Creamy Italian Pasta Salad
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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Ready in
30 m
8
Servings
487
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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
  • 1 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
38%
Sugar
5g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
20%
Cholesterol
52mg
17%
Protein
17g
34%
Carbs
50g
17%
Vitamin A
18µg
2%
Vitamin B12
0.1µg
1.7%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
13.8%
Vitamin C
8mg
13%
Vitamin E
1mg
6%
Vitamin K
53µg
66%
Calcium
54mg
5%
Fiber
3g
13%
Folate (food)
28µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
28µg
7%
Iron
2mg
13%
Magnesium
49mg
12%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
19%
Phosphorus
196mg
28%
Polyunsaturated
12g
N/A
Potassium
340mg
10%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
7.1%
Sodium
493mg
21%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
6.9%
Zinc
2mg
10%

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