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I invented this simple pasta salad about ten years ago, and my son requests it as his birthday meal ever since. It's always a hit at potluck dinners and tailgate parties. The trick to make it taste fresh is to dress shortly before serving. The extra dressing in the bottle can be used the next day if there are leftovers to freshen the taste. My son likes the leftovers, but I think it tastes best the day it is made.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
20 mins
10 mins
6 cups


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

  • Put frozen peas into a large colander. Drain rotini over the peas. Fill the now-empty pot with cold water. Plunge pasta and peas into the cold water to chill completely; drain.

  • Mix imitation crabmeat, Swiss cheese, and parmesan cheese in a large bowl; add pasta mixture and toss to mix. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to lightly coat.

Cook's Notes:

As with any salad, the ingredients can be varied to taste, though the Swiss cheese is surprisingly good with this salad.

If you have leftovers, you may need to add more dressing because it soaks into the pasta and leftovers become a bit dry.

Nutrition Facts

370 calories; protein 17.3g; carbohydrates 59.3g; fat 6.4g; cholesterol 24.4mg; sodium 905mg. Full Nutrition