I love creating new and tasty foods, including this popular creamy pasta salad. I make it often for my husband and me, especially during the summer months. If you add some cooked chicken breast, you can make this a meal for two. —Lori Menard, Omaha, Nebraska
In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Creamy Pasta Salad Tips
Should you rinse the pasta after cooking when making creamy pasta salad?
When you’re cooking pasta for cold pasta salads, you’ll want to rinse the noodles to get rid of the extra starch. If you don’t rinse the noodles, that starch will soak up the salad dressing, leaving your creamy pasta salad not so creamy. Here’s more about how to cook pasta for every dish.
Yes! We recommend that you make this creamy pasta salad recipe at least an hour ahead of time so that the flavors can meld together (in an airtight container in the fridge) before you serve the salad. If you make it the day before, reserve a little bit of the dressing to toss the salad with right before serving, which will guarantee that each bite is as creamy as the last.