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Old 11-05-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Suggestions for a Pasta Salad

I bought a bag of Broccoli Slaw and was thinking about making it in a Pasta Salad for a potluck since I have two boxes of penne pasta. I am open to suggestions on: 1) whether this would be a good idea 2) what other ingredients to add that would make it more tasty 3) what dressing would work best for these ingredients.

I was thinking of adding raisins or dried cranberries and maybe some julienned apples (not sure on that yet). How does that sound and what type of dressing would work best with that and should I add any celery or other veggies?

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Old 11-05-2010, 11:41 PM   #2
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I think that is good match of ingredients.
A sweetened/thinned mayo dressing would nice.
Maybe thinned with rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
I would also add some grated carrot for color/flavor.
A chopped nut or some seed would be good too.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:49 PM   #3
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Yes, I'm on board with what 4me has suggested plus some fresh crisp bacon pieces. That may sound gross but I've had it and it's a nice salty touch.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:59 PM   #4
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Likin the new look Mollyanne!

Bacon for the win also!
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:08 AM   #5
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add a handful of watercress for a nice peppery hint
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Old 11-06-2010, 01:17 AM   #6
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I think that is good match of ingredients.
A sweetened/thinned mayo dressing would nice.
Maybe thinned with rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
I would also add some grated carrot for color/flavor.
A chopped nut or some seed would be good too.
The Broccoli Slaw that I bought at Trader Joe has the carrots in it already. Now that you mention it I have a bag of chopped walnuts left over from making banana bread this week. Thanks.
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Old 11-06-2010, 01:19 AM   #7
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Yes, I'm on board with what 4me has suggested plus some fresh crisp bacon pieces. That may sound gross but I've had it and it's a nice salty touch.
I'll give some thought to the bacon too.
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Old 11-06-2010, 06:42 AM   #8
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Here's a hint I picked up years ago, I don't remember from where. Make your dressing, put it in the bottom of a LARGE bowl, then put the salad stuff on top and toss to coat/dress the salad. It works much better than putting the dressing on and trying to get it all mixed in.
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:40 AM   #9
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I picked up Apple oil a few weeks ago at the market. It's pretty good and combined with apple cider vinegar it makes a great dressing. I think that would go good with the apples in the salad. Mushrooms may add a nice woodsy, earthy flavor.
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I would substitute yoghurt for some of the mayo in the dressing. I find it adds a really nice flavour.
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