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Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

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  • Serves: 6
  • Complexity: easy
Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

 Perfect on its own for a light meal or as a side dish for all the summer potlucks and barbecues. This is better than any deli salad you can buy at the store!


  • 8 ounces salad macaroni or your favorite
  • 1 cup tiny broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup very thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons white wine or plain vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Step by Step Directions

    1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, adding a generous tablespoon or so of kosher salt to the water as it cooks. Just before the noodles are finished cooking, add the broccoli to the pot. Let the broccoli boil for about 30 seconds and then drain everything into a large colander. Rinse well with cold water.

      Stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli to the bowl and stir well to coat. Add the cucumber, pepper, and onions and stir again. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving. Enjoy!


      If you forget to toss the broccoli in the boiling water at the end of the pasta's cooking time, you can also steam it in the microwave. Place the broccoli in a glass bowl along with a tablespoon of water. Microwave for 60-90 seconds, until the broccoli, is bright green and barely softened.

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