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Easy Pasta Salad Perfect for a Potluck

by LA BELLE MAR REALTY 03/08/2023

Pasta salad is an old standby regarding potluck recipes. Most recipes take less than an hour to make and involve inexpensive ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. However, since pasta salad is such a diverse dish, there is an overwhelming amount of different recipes available.

If you’re not sure where to start, here is a simple recipe for a crowd-pleasing Italian pasta salad for your next potluck.


1 box or package of your choice of pasta

1 cup chopped cucumber1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes

1 can of sliced black olives

1/4 cup of diced red onion

Your favorite Italian salad dressing


  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box, adding a pinch of salt to the water.
  2. Drain the pasta and set aside while you prep the veggies.
  3. Move the pasta into a bowl and add in the prepared veggies. Mix with a large, flat spoon to avoid pasta breakage.
  4. Add salad dressing to taste. For this size of batch, anywhere from half a cup to one cup should work well.
  5. Place the entire bowl in the refrigerator for a while before serving. This will bring everything to the same cool, refreshing temperature and keep the veggies fresh as possible.


Here are some additional expert tips for your pasta salad:

  • Opt for a pasta shape that’s small and easy to combine with veggies. Some popular choices include farfalle, rotini and penne.
  • Once you drain the pasta into a strainer, run it under cold water to reduce the temperature instantly.
  • Before adding onions to the mixture, let them soak in a small amount of salad dressing for about 10 minutes. This will make it easier to enjoy the flavor of the onions without it overpowering the rest of the salad.
  • Skinning the cucumbers is completely up to your preference. However, consider removing the seeds. This reduces the amount of excess moisture in your pasta salad and makes for a cleaner look.
  • Drain the olives carefully to avoid adding extra water to your mixture.
  • Slice the tomatoes in half if you wish. For larger cherry tomatoes, this might make them more convenient to eat in combination with the other ingredients.
  • Add finely chopped pepperoni, salami, ham or your favorite cheese to add some protein to your pasta salad. You can also top with grated parmesan cheese for a savory garnish.
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La Belle Mar Realty is a Westchester Boutique Brokerage in Miami, Florida, Independently Woman Owned Small Hispanic Business. This is the dream child of Maria Casas the Broker/ Principle & the Casas' family. Born of the hard work and inheritance of Mr. Armando Casas, a graduated certified accountant, and Mrs. Maria Casas a 2nd grade teacher. Both Mr. & Mrs. Casas were born & raised in Cuba and immigrated in 1963, first to their family in Spain and then to the United State and New Jersey to find a better life for their daughter Miss Maria Casas. This hard working family always made ends meet and wanted the best for their only daughter. Mr. Casas, worked at the Royal Bank of Canada in New York for over 40 years in the Letter of Credit department. This is a fantastically warm office built and maintained by the love of the Real Estate Business and the hard work and many hours of studying the broker is willing to put into the business. The office thrives on the wonderful agents and the excellent work they are willing to do for their community and their wonderful clients.