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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8
Servings
373
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
19g
27%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
71mg
24%
Carbohydrate, by difference
22g
17%
Protein
29g
63%
Vitamin A, RAE
4µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
11µg
12%
Calcium, Ca
68mg
7%
Choline, total
24mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
17µg
4%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
30mg
9%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
239mg
34%
Selenium, Se
27µg
49%
Sodium, Na
1793mg
100%
Water
109g
4%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

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.