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Tangy Pasta Salad

Everyone needs to have an easy versatile pasta salad recipe on hand for potlucks, lunches, last minute side dish.  This Tangy Pasta Salad is easy versatile, and full of flavor!

Tangy Pasta Salad
You can take my recipe below and make it your own with what ever vegetables and cheese you like or have on hand in your refrigerator.  I like to load it up with lots of colorful vegetables and small chunks of cheddar cheese.  Cheddar seems to be the crowd favorite but I have used Monterey Jack, and Colby.


Tangy Pasta SaladThe first time I had this salad it was at a women’s luncheon after a bible study, I hesitantly put a dab on my plate, ya know how you do at potlucks.  Either you don’t want to be stuck with a whole plate full of something gross, or you just want to try everything, I’m always somewhere in between.  To be honest, I’m usually somewhat of a chicken at potlucks and I usually stick to what and who I know.  Well this tangy veggie filled pasta salad was so good, I went back for seconds and brazenly went back for thirds!!  Then after the fact I wished I would have figured out who’s salad it was and procured the recipe, but I was too busy stuffing my face! Oink!

Tangy Pasta SaladSo after a few tries, and some sleuthing around about different tangy pasta recipes I came up with this tangy, and slightly sweet dressing with a smidge of mustard and a generous shake of celery seed, I think it comes pretty close to the beauty I sampled (scarfed down) at that ladies luncheon years ago.


Tangy Pasta Salad

 Tangy Pasta Salad is easy versatile, and full of flavor!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course lunch, potluck, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12


salad ingredients

  • 1 pound tri-colored rotini pasta cooked el dente, and cooled
  • 4 ounces block mild cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
  • 2 cups broccoli florets but into small pieces
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced yellow pepper
  • 1 cup diced green pepper

salad dressing

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to your taste


  • Place cooked, cooled pasta in a large bowl along with vegetables, and toss together.
  • Pour dressing over pasta and vegetables, use your discretion I use all of the dressing, however if you prefer your pasta salad dryer you may not want to add all of the dressing. Stir to combine, cover, and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.


Note: If you want to add some meat to this salad, I have added diced ham or crumbled bacon and its delicious!
Keyword cheese, lunch, noodles, pasta, potluck, salad, side dish, vegetables
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Tangy Pasta Salad

Hows that saying go?  “A good pasta salad recipe is worth more than gold.”  or is it ” A pasta salad in the hand is worth two in the fridge.”?  no that’s not it um er maybe its ” There is no sincerer love  than the love of pasta salad!”

All so true, nothing better than to have a good ol pasta salad recipe in your recipe arsenal, great for a side dish, for lunch, a light dinner, and a perfect potluck dish!

Enjoy! Sheila


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