Hearty Pasta Salad Recipe
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Hearty Pasta Salad Recipe

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When made with tricolor pasta, this is a colorful---and tasty---salad to take to any summer gathering.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 cup cubed pastrami, cooked turkey or roast beef
  • 1/4 cup each chopped carrot, celery and onion
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, pastrami, carrot, celery and onion. Combine the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Add to the pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Pasta Salad in Country June/July 2004, p49

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"My family liked this. I did up the lemon juice to 1 full teaspoon as I think it gives the mayo a tang."

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