The Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad
Chef John shares his secrets to the perfect picnic pasta salad in this easy recipe that's great for summertime BBQs or potlucks.
Chef John knows why pasta salad is the most maligned of the picnic salads. He reviews the reasons why, and then sets out to fix the flaws in successful pursuit of the perfect picnic pasta salad.
A sweetened mustard vinaigrette, with just a dab of mayonnaise, dresses a pasta salad full of festive vegetables such as broccoli, cucumbers and bell peppers. Toss everything with shredded Cheddar cheese, then chill before serving.
I made this pretty much exactly as per the published recipe, and it was fantastic. My variations were to used shallot & garlic seasoned oil for the dressing, and a little bit of garlic powder too, and Korean pepper flakes instead of cayenne. Overall however it was basically the same and it is probably the best pasta salad I've ever had. Fresh peas are a tad undercooked with just a couple minutes of boiling, but that made it better.
Like anything else CJ steals, it's a Grand Slam!
Beautiful and flavorful! Vinaigrette is delicious and versatile. Make the day before for flavors to develop and it was devoured!
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