Pasta Salad

A simple and refreshing salad with Pasta and Vegetables. It’s a quick and easy recipe that you can make with some left over pasta. You can add your choice of veggies or meat or boiled egg or even tuna to make it more wholesome.


Here is the recipe…

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Pasta Salad

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Course: Salad
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pasta
  • 2 cups Vegetables *
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp Mustard powder / paste
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • Salt

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in 2 cups of water with 1 tsp olive oil & salt. Drain the water completely & let it cool.
  • Beat the yogurt well and add 1 tsp olive oil, mustard powder/paste, sugar, pepper powder & salt. Combine well. Add the cooled pasta and veggies. Mix well so that the pasta and veggies are coated with the yogurt dressing. Refrigerate for 2 hours, serve chilled.
  • For the healthier version, use brown/organic pasta and no/low fat yogurt.
  • * You can use any veggies that you like, though I strongly recommend capsicum and celery since it gives a special flavor. I have used carrot, cucumber, capsicum, spring onion, celery & lettuce.

Notes

Update on 25th Feb 2013: I made pasta salad recently with the addition of black olives and some Italian seasoning. I used red and yellow capsicum to make it colorful. Also for the dressing you can use a combination of mayonnaise (eggless mayo will do) and sour cream. Another dressing option is fat free mayo and fat free cream cheese (full fat version is also great). You can mix and match the dressing and ingredients to suit your taste preferences.

Update on 16/08/09: Below is the picture sent by Annu, one of my readers, who has tried out this recipe. Thought of sharing it with you :) Thanks a lot Annu for trying this recipe and also for the picture :)

Pasta salad
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  • This one’s really good ,Maria…But what is this mustard paste…i haven’t seen such a thing…Does it taste similar mustard sauce?

  • What a yummy side dish or snack~this would be great for a picnic!

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  • I may sound weird, but can you tell me how to prepare yogurt? also, is there any substitues for the expensive olive oil?

    • hi ashwathy

      For yogurt you need:

      Milk – 1/2 ltr
      Yogurt – 1 tbsp

      Boil milk for 5- 10 minutes. Keep it aside till it becomes warm. Pour yogurt in a saucepan/vessel and stir well. Add warm milk to this and stir again. Cover the pan/vessel with a lid and keep it at room temp for 3-4 hrs. You will get a thick yogurt after 3-4 hours.

      Hope this helps.

      also you can try canola oil or sunflower oil instead of olive oil.

  • Hey Maria…

    This was just too good… I would never have imagined that I could use yoghurt to make such a yummy pasta sauce… My husband loved it, and I just love how healthy it is… I added some sauteed chicken and mushrooms as well, and its a hot favorite in my house now… I make it almost every week atleast once…. Thanks a lot for sharing this….

    • Hi Neeta,

      I havent seen mustard powder here, I bought mine from India. However you can use mustard dressing instead of mustard powder in this recipe.

      Mustard dressing is available in all supermarkets, check out in the section of salad dressing.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi maria

    i want to try this one out…i have a dbt…i bought mustard powder from a shop here. When i tasted it , it was sooooooooooo sour (kaipu)…was wondering if it might ruin the salad? i didnt like the smell or taste of it..can i use any brand mustard saude?

    regs
    sujitha

    • Hi Sujitha,

      First of all I’m so sorry for the delayed rep dear :( I’m on vacation now & hence the delay.

      How was your Xmas & new year? I used the mustard powder from India. I guess you can use mustard sauce, its ok or else you can omit it completely, if you dont like mustard taste.

      Wish you & your family a happy & blessed new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • HI Maria,

    Can you tell me if we can make the mustard powder at home? I am in Bangalore so would like to know where we get this.

    Thanks
    Cathy

    • Hi Cathy,

      First of all, I’m so sorry for the delayed reply dear. I missed out your comment somehow :(

      I used a readymade mustard powder. I think it must be available in all supermarkets. If mustard powder is not available, you can use mustard sauce also.

      Hope you could find it…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hey maria,
    im very new to cooking..infact i hated cooking because of the fact tht i dint know hw to cook…bt after goin thru ur website i started tryin out easy recipes n u wont believe everythn came out well so far!!! n now i have become a fan of urs!!!reeely want to try out this one bt one dbt…do u cook the carrot ,capsicum n the veggies u use here or u jus put them as it is?

    • Hi Dhanya,

      Its really great to know that this space helped you with cooking, thanks a bunch for the lovely comment :)

      I havent cooked any veggies, its all used raw. Hope you’ll like this salad also.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • HI MARIA,
                     i’m a regular reader of your blog and i used to try almost all your recipies and i feel it sounds good….now can you post a recipie of pastha and chicken  with our own kerala flavour….anyway thanks for all your recipies and may god bless you to make more inventions in this field..

    • Hi Lakshmi,

      Its so nice to hear that you are a regular visitor here. You know what I just now posted a pasta chicken recipe, but its not Kerala style. Anyways, I will try to work out something of that kind & if it turns out well, you can see it here :)

      Thank you so much for your wishes dear :) Best wishes to you too…

      Cheers
      Maria

      • dear,
                thanks for your recipie..am waiting eagerly for more vegeterian recipies…thanks…may god bless you….

  • HI MARIA,
                     i’m a regular reader of your blog and i used to try almost all your recipies and i feel it sounds good….now can you post a recipie of pastha and chicken with our own kerala flavour….anyway thanks for all your recipies and may god bless you to make more inventions in this field..

  • hi maria,

    I got to know very recently about your site and i must say i love it..i hate pastas generally but my small daughter and hubby loves it and i am very bad at making anything out of them…but i tried out this pasta recipe and i  loved it!!!!
    All the best for your blog ….

  • Hi
    Am a new reader to this site. and i am starting off with the easiest. Just wanted to know whether the veggies you added are cooked/ boiled.

    Regards,
    Anuja

  • Hi Maria…
    I love ur recipes n tries this at home…I have a new recipe suggestion for you…Please try fish pasta and post the same if it works…..

    • Hi Resmi,

      Thank you :) I’ve tried prawns pasta once and it was nice. But I couldnt take the pic at that time. I’ll try to post it sometime..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • i have not tried any recipes , but looks good.
    send some pasta recipes and fish curry recipes too.

    what about the curd curry,
    in bahrain its hot now.
     

    • Hi Fernandes,

      Thanks! I’ve posted some pasta and fish recipes as well. Please search on the site for the same.

      I’ve also posted the curd curry, you can find it on the site.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi dearie..
    Divya from Sydney again..:)
    Salad was yummy.. as a part of my post delivery diet regime, I have already made it 4 times.. hubby also loves it as it tastes great when cold and prefers this to any other rice preparation when it comes to lunch box menu.. thanks dear.. easy to whip up yet so satisfying and yummy… tc.. God bless.. bye for now.. :)

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