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Simple Pasta Salad Dressing

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"A simple-to-make pasta salad dressing, based on the ingredient list found on a box of pasta salad mix. My recipe is almost identical to the Italian-style pasta salad that comes from a box, but it tastes better."
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10 m servings 231
Original recipe yields 6 servings (1 pint)


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  1. Blend canola oil, vinegar, corn syrup, lemon juice, onion, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt, parsley, basil, and red pepper flakes in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Toss dressing with 12 ounces cooked and cooled rotini pasta and 1 cup of cooked and cooled vegetables. A mixture of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrot works wonderfully.
  • You can also add some fresh chopped tomato and fresh basil or parsley.
  • If you do not add vegetables, this makes enough dressing for 1 pound of pasta.
  • Meat and cheese can be added the pasta salad to make it into an entire meal.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 231 calories; 19 16.9 0.5 < 1 220 Full nutrition

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3.1.17 I was a bit concerned about the amount of corn syrup making this too sweet, so I did reduce that amount by 1/3. Blended the dressing, tasted, and then added more red pepper flakes (pers...

Used red wine vinegar, evoo, and added more pepper and garlic. Next time I'll use less corn syrup.

I used olive oil instead of canola oil. quite delicious.

This is a Good Recipe for pasta salad. I made 3 x's so far and forgot to take a picture. I put a little spin on mine, extra Balsamic Dressing, lots of pepper roni, and salami, and Italian dressi...

I used lots more Parmesan cheese because we love the flavor. I also added some Dijon mustard to the dressing- about 1 tablespoon. I had to use red wine vinegar since that’s what I had on hand. V...