Smoked Cheddar Pasta Salad

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This Smoked Cheddar Pasta Salad is a nice variation of a traditional pasta salad. It doesn’t include a mayo dressing too.

Smoked Cheddar Pasta Salad

Hello, everyone! First of all, let me congratulate my American friends on July 4th. How are you celebrating? Grilled food? Boozy cocktails? Popsicles? Red, White, and Blue dessert? Potato salads? Pasta salads? All above?

Talking about salads, I’ve brought this Smoked Cheddar Pasta Salad to celebrate July 4th with you. I am a huge fan. However, I normally stay away from those variations (Meaning 95,7%) loaded with a mayo dressing. Don’t get it wrong. I am fine with mayonnaise. Just not with my pasta salad. Indeed, I might even give it a try (once a year), but the main prerequisite is that the ingredients shouldn’t be swimming in the dressing. I am also fine with a lighter version with plain yogurt and mustard.

Still most of the times, I go with simple dressing ideas such as extra version olive oil, lemon juice, or balsamic. Separately or together. In fact, a good pasta salad doesn’t need anything more than a good drizzle of olive oil and balsamic. Besides, isn’t is great to save some calories for a dessert?

This Smoked Cheddar Pasta Salad combined simple yet ultimately delicious ingredients: arugula, sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, smoked cheddar, toasted pine nuts, salami, and fresh basic. The dressing was a bit more compound this time: olive oil, balsamic, basil paste, and garlic. Does this sound good?

It’s quite appropriate for a picnic, too. Just don’t add the arugula until the moment you are ready to serve this salad.

Lastly, take a look at some other pasta salads ideas:

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Smoked Salmon Orzo Salad

Eggplant Ricotta Pasta Salad

Roasted Beetroot Pasta Salad

Hoping you can find something you like.

Cheers!

8 thoughts on “Smoked Cheddar Pasta Salad

  1. David @ Spiced says:

    Oh, I totally agree with you about mayo and pasta/potato salads, Ben! We’re celebrating the holiday this weekend with Laura’s family in Maryland (huge family reunion) and there is a potato salad up there that really is swimming in mayo. I with it was this pasta salad instead! Plus, we share a love for smoked cheddar, so I would love to sit down with a huge plate of this pasta salad. Well done!

  2. Marissa says:

    I’m definitely a fan of pasta salads on the lighter side – not goopy and just as much about the other ingredients as the pasta. I’d love to have a bowl of this beauty of yours tonight for dinner!
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  3. neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

    Although I do use healthier variations of Mayonnaise in my pasta salad dishes Ben, I do agree that very often a good pasta salad doesn’t need much more that a little drizzle of olive oil or a quality balsamic vinegar. This looks like an amazingly delicious summer salad. Plus saving those calories for dessert gets a thumbs up from me!

  4. Liz says:

    I adore a pasta salad dressed in a vinaigrette, too! And your salad is loaded with so many of my favorite ingredients! A winner!

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