Layered Pasta Salad Recipe


This refreshing layered pasta salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks, or as a side dish for any occasion. With colorful layers of pasta, crisp vegetables, and creamy dressing, it’s a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup bell peppers (red, yellow, or green), diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the rotini pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow it to cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, honey, salt, and black pepper to make the dressing. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  3. In a large glass trifle dish or serving bowl, start layering the salad. Begin with a layer of cooked and cooled rotini pasta at the bottom.
  4. Add a layer of cherry tomatoes, followed by diced cucumber, bell peppers, red onion, shredded carrots, thawed peas, black olives, and crumbled feta cheese.
  5. Drizzle a portion of the dressing over the layered ingredients, ensuring it covers the entire surface.
  6. Repeat the layers until all the ingredients are used, finishing with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley on top.
  7. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  8. Before serving, toss the salad gently to coat all the ingredients with the dressing. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  9. Serve chilled and enjoy this delightful layered pasta salad with family and friends!

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