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Old 06-09-2005, 01:25 PM   #1
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Pasta Salad

Here is a toughie. I had some pasta salad today that was ordered out and am trying to see if I can find a recipe for it. There was pasta (of course), english peas, yellow squash, tomato strips, bell pepper, green onions, I think feta cheese (only had small bite), black pepper, some type of spices....green stuff and some type of mayo salad dressing. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Anybody have a recipe similar to this? Pleassssssssssssssssssssssssssse, I absolutely love this salad and only had a few nibbles of what was left and I would love to have a recipe.

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Old 06-09-2005, 02:04 PM   #2
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Best thing to do is experiment with what you know was in it.
As for the dressing, I'm guessing it was a mix of mayo, sour cream and a bit of granulated sugar, possibly with a dash of fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper.
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Old 06-09-2005, 02:59 PM   #3
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Sure - here's the recipe -

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pasta (of course), english peas, yellow squash, tomato strips, bell pepper, green onions, I think feta cheese (only had small bite), black pepper, some type of spices....green stuff and some type of mayo salad dressing.


sorry, couldn't help it.

If it were me and I wanted to recreate that dressing I may do a combo of mayo, oregano, garlic powder or garlic salt, lemon juice (fresh), salt, pepper and maybe even a tad of cayenne pepper? You might also experiment with a combination of mayo, the dry ranch dressing mix, and dill weed and still probably some lemon juice. Does either one of those sound about right? Then the rest is just what you mentioned. There is a local place that makes the most awesome pasta salad - it's the ranch dressing version I mentioned above but with just barely enough mayo to coat everything.

That should get you started and even if you somehow combine the two in some way it would still be good.

And the thing that will help it the most is rinse your pasta in cold water until it cools off - this will get rid of the starch on the outside and you will be able to use a LOT less mayo mixture. Otherwise the mayo sticks to the starch and you need more and more and more to keep it moist.
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Old 06-09-2005, 03:20 PM   #4
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Okay Elf, stand verrrrrry still for a second please. I don't want to accidentally zap jkath.


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Old 06-09-2005, 03:25 PM   #5
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Me??????? What did I do?????

But did you see my suggestions or did you zap me first??? lol
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Old 06-09-2005, 03:33 PM   #6
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I zapped first silly. I did look at your suggestions TY very much. :) There was nothing sweet in the dressing at all. I have a feeling that the ranch is probably closer than anything else. I guess I will have to test it out on myself. :) TY both for your ideas. :)
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Ouch - stop zapping me!!!!!

The other one I posted wasn't sweet either (just making sure you read it right).
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Old 06-10-2005, 11:02 PM   #8
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A good sauce:

1/2 c Mayo
1/2 c Yogurt
1/2 c Feta
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
2 tb Dill, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Whirl all ingredients in a blender until creamy.
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Old 06-10-2005, 11:49 PM   #9
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Kansasgirl I think you may be the winner. :) TY I think I will definately try that out. Thanks everybody.
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Old 06-10-2005, 11:52 PM   #10
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Sure - here's the recipe -



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pasta (of course), english peas, yellow squash, tomato strips, bell pepper, green onions, I think feta cheese (only had small bite), black pepper, some type of spices....green stuff and some type of mayo salad dressing.





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