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Not Your Usual Pasta Salad

Rated as 4.61 out of 5 Stars

"I created this salad because I wanted something with a little kick and a lot of texture and taste. This is a recipe you can tweak to make it your own. It keeps well in fridge and is best served cold as a side dish. You can add diced ham or even a can of chunky tuna to make a complete meal."
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1 h 40 m servings 247
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook shell pasta at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels; crumble.
  3. Whisk creamy salad dressing, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, and oregano together in a bowl to make a creamy dressing.
  4. Mix pasta, bacon, red onion, water chestnuts, eggs, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, celery, olives, Cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese together in a large bowl. Add dressing and stir to coat. Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 247 calories; 11.8 26.7 8.9 68 381 Full nutrition

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Thanks for this kicked up pasta salad! I created the dressing as you suggested but changed the other ingredients to my taste. I used onion, cucumber, egg, medium cheddar, and imitation crab. I a...

I have to admit, this recipe's title is what initially stirred my interest. Then, I continued to be intriguing when I discovered it indeed WASN'T some variation of an italian dressing pasta sal...


Pretty tasty! The add-in's are great. I'd 1/2-2/3 the red onion. Do not use mayonnaise - use Miracle Whip!! It's sweetness counters the vinegar. It's needed.

I made this at the last minute on the fly and it was very tasty. I had to leave out olives and bell peppers since I didn't have them available but it was still delicious. I love the vinegar tast...

made it tonight was really good loved the dressing

i really liked this pasta salad, especially the dressing. it had good depth of flavor. for us, it had a bit too much vinegar, hence the 4 stars. i had even redued the amount i used from the r...

My crew and I really like this version but I did need to make another 1/2 recipe of the dressing. I generally make this type of salad a day in advance to let the flavors meld a bit more and it j...

This was ok, but I found it a bit on the dry side and lacking in flavor. After making it as directed, letting it sit in the fridge for a few hours and sampling, I adding in about another 2/3 c...