Perfect Potluck Pasta Salad

With inspiration from Superbowl recipes all over the food blogging world, I thought it necessary to create one as well. As I’m forced to watch  10 4 hours of football I will need a lot of really good food to keep me smiling. Is it totally horrible that I appreciate the commercials more than the prime time show during this event?


While I definitely plan to make mostly not-so-healthy dishes like buffalo chicken dip, chocolate peanut butter bars, and nachos I will also be making the Perfect Potluck Pasta Salad. Doesn’t everyone like pasta salad? It’s one of those infamous potluck dishes that no one passes up in the buffet line.





The only problem – which really isn’t a problem at all – is that I always seem to make far too much of it. Which is why I had it for dinner last night, lunch today, I’ll have it again for lunch tomorrow, and I may or may not be snacking on it right now as my after work snack.




Oh, and the dressing. Simple and divine. Simply divine.


Perfect Potluck Pasta Salad


6 servings

  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 yellow crookneck squash, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2-3 green onions
  • 3 asparagus
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • A handful of broccoli slaw (Trader Joe’s is awesome!)
  • 2 cups of mini farfalle pasta salad

Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions. Add the chopped zucchini, squash, and asparagus to the boiling pasta 1-2 minutes before they pasta is done (to quickly blanch them). Pour into strainer and immediately run cold water over them to stock the cooking.

Mix together the other vegetables with the pasta in a large bowl. Pour Garlic Balsamic Dressing over it and toss gently.

Garlic Balsamic Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (I used a little less)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and use an immersion blender to create a thick and creamy dressing.

Little Yellow Note: I always make extra of this dressing because it saves well and works on almost every kind of salad.




4 Comments to “Perfect Potluck Pasta Salad”

  1. We live on pasta salad over here! And that dressing does look divine…I’m giving it a try!

  2. looks amazing – i can’t wait to try out that dressing!!!

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