“As much or as little Cool Whip can be added - to taste. If I have some mandarin oranges or maraschino cherries, I add a few to the top. I used this recipe as a salad, but my friends say it is good enough to be a dessert!”
—Elaine Bailey, Bloomfield, Indiana
From Standish, Maine, Nancy Clancy writes, "This salad is like having salsa mixed with macaroni--it's yummy! It serves a lot, which makes it a great side for any gathering. I sometimes add a little cayenne pepper for those who like it hot.
"I served this satisfying pasta salad to a group of hospital volunteers who were quick with compliments. It’s brimming with shrimp and imitation crab and accented with dill," shares Lillian Julow, Gainesville, Florida.
“This simple pasta salad is great for gatherings and a favorite of everyone I know! I like to keep the ingredients in separate containers in the fridge. Just toss together for one or more servings whenever needed.”
—Mary Sigfusson, Mankato, Minnesota
When I'm having weekend guests, I make this salad the day before they arrive. The flavors blend wonderfully when it is chilled overnight, and it keeps well for several days. It's also a great dish to take along to a picnic or potluck.
-Jill Evely, Wilmore, Kentucky
Fresh garden vegetables add color and crunch to this attractive salad. Its pleasant vinaigrette-type dressing is sparked with ground mustard and garlic. I like the look of the tricolor spirals, but you can substitute other pasta shapes or use what you have on hand.
-Launa Shoemaker, Landrum, South Carolina
“I knew this recipe was a hit the first time I served it at a barbecue and got wonderful compliments,” recalls Scarlett Hilton in Sabina, Ohio. “I even got a phone call afterward suggesting that I open a restaurant!” We have to agree this cool, creamy and crunchy salad really is delicious.
I love trying new recipes, and this one for pasta salad tops all other varieties I've tried. With beans, cheese, sausage and vegetables, it's a hearty complement to any meal. —Bernadette Nelson, Arcadia, California