Aileen Sheehan of Stafford, Virginia mixes fresh tomatoes, green beans and pasta with a splash of balsamic vinaigrette, a hint of basil and chives and crumbled feta cheese for a colorful, Mediterranean delight. “I have served this many times, using fresh tomatoes from my garden. It’s a wonderful side dish,” Aileen says. “With Italian sausage and basil bread, it's a scrumptious meal.”
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
My tempting tortellini salad combines layers upon layers of flavors and textures, and its colors are amazing. It's perfect for a salad luncheon. Other cheese options are Havarti, fontina or Monterey Jack. —Nita Rausch, Dallas, Texas
Field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin likes to use home-grown herbs in her recipes. Notes Sue, “Marjoram, which I think is under-used, gets well-deserved attention in this fresh-tasting salad.”
A popular side dish for our Independence Day menu, this hearty pasta salad is practically a meal in itself. It fit into our theme with the bright red cherry tomatoes, white noodles and cauliflower plus blue cheese. The creamy dressing is pleasantly zesty.
-Laurie Neverman, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Everyone loves a good pasta salad, and this one will make ’em feel like you fussed. Convenient store-bought dressing, artichoke hearts, olives, pepperoni and mozzarella cubes give it extra flavor and flair. —Clara Coulson Minney,
Washington Court House, Ohio