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Supreme Pasta Salad Recipe: Incredibly Attractive & Delicious

The Finished Dish

The Finished Dish

Supreme Pasta Salad = Nouvelle Cuisine

Nouvelle cuisine is described as an approach to cooking lighter and tantalizing dishes using the freshest ingredients. A great emphasis is placed on the presentation. Although nouvelle cuisine was first introduced in the 1970’s and became extremely popular in the 1980’s, it remains a favorite fare today.

My cold Supreme Pasta Salad recipe certainly falls into the nouvelle cuisine category. It is light, includes a variety of fresh seasonal produce, colorful, tastes wonderful and displays beautifully.

Pasta salad is usually thought of as a spring or summertime side dish often made for outdoor gatherings such as picnics or cookouts. BUT I believe this Supreme Pasta Salad can be used as a meal anytime of year because it not only contains healthy vegetables, pasta and oils, it also contains cheese and meat for protein. Of course, the meat (pepperoni or salami) can be eliminated for a great vegetarian dish.

One of the best things about this Supreme Pasta Salad recipe is that you can use whatever you already may have on hand at home. No doubt you will receive rave reviews for its taste and presentation.

Let's get started!

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Supreme Pasta Salad Ingredients

AmountsIngredientsYour Choice Variations

16 ounces (1 pound)

Pasta (colorful tri-color looks best)

Rotini, fusilli or penne work well

1 8-ounce bottle

Italian salad dressing

Any brand you like or see below to make your own Italian salad dressing

4 tablespoons

McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning

See below to make your own Salad Supreme seasoning

4-5 cups

Chopped, assorted vegetables

Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cherry tomatoes, peppers, black olives, radishes, onions

8 ounces

Diced or cubed cheese

Sharp cheddar, swiss, pepperjack, muenster, feta, mozzarrella

1 cup

Sliced or diced pepperoni

Salami works well too

 

 

NOTE for Vegetarians: We have vegetarians in my family. We always make a separate bowl without the pepperoni or salami.

How to Cook Pasta Al Dente

Supreme Pasta Salad Instructions (see photos below)

  1. Cook pasta "al dente" ~ i.e., tender but still firm when bitten into. Taste test to perfection. Rinse with cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine Italian salad dressing, Salad Supreme seasoning and cooked pasta.
  3. Slice, dice, chop or cube: vegetables, cheese and pepperoni. Toss into the pasta mixture.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours for best results.
  5. Always stir before serving.
  6. Makes approximately 8 servings. Enjoy!

Cook Pasta Al Dente

I used tri-colored pasta.

I used tri-colored pasta.

Chop Vegetables

I used cauliflower, black olives, cherry tomatoes, carrots and broccoli.

I used cauliflower, black olives, cherry tomatoes, carrots and broccoli.

Dice Meat and Cheese

I used pepperoni, sharp cheddar cheese and pepperjack cheese.

I used pepperoni, sharp cheddar cheese and pepperjack cheese.

Mix Italian Salad Dressing and Salad Supreme Seasoning

I used Marzetti's Italian salad dressing and McCormick's Salad Supreme seasoning.

I used Marzetti's Italian salad dressing and McCormick's Salad Supreme seasoning.

Fold In Pasta First and Then The Remaining Ingredients

I mixed everything in a large Tupperware "That's a Bowl" and then transferred the final Supreme Pasta Salad to a pretty, green glass bowl.

I mixed everything in a large Tupperware "That's a Bowl" and then transferred the final Supreme Pasta Salad to a pretty, green glass bowl.

Let's Eat!

Supreme Pasta Salad has been chilled and ready to serve!

Supreme Pasta Salad has been chilled and ready to serve!

Tupperware "Thatsa Bowl"

Please Rate This Recipe ~ 5 Stars Being the Best

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How to Make Your Own McCormick's Salad Supreme Seasoning

Salad Supreme is a wonderful blend of spices, herbs and cheese. It’s very easy to make your own.

This seasoning is great on just about any type of salad, vegetables and even meats. Use your imagination to alter the recipe to your liking and call it your own!

McCormick's Salad Supreme Seasoning

Homemade Salad Supreme Seasoning Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seed
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 dashes cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons grated romano or parmesan cheese (fresh is best)

Mix all ingredients together. Makes approximately 1/2 cup seasoning. Store unused seasoning in refrigerator.

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How to Make Your Own Italian Salad Dressing

Making your own Italian salad dressing is easy and you can adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Salad Dressing Bottle/Shaker

Homemade Italian Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried, crushed parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed oregano

Blend the ingredients until thoroughly combined using a blender or shaker. Refrigerate.

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How About A Delicious Chocolate Banana Shake?

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Chocolate Banana Shake

I thought I'd add this shake to the article since it is so simple and wonderful too. I actually did make this shake to enjoy after eating the Supreme Pasta Salad as a meal. All you need is:

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 5 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Variations: add a little milk if you would like it thinner or ice if you'd like it thicker.

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Decorate with drizzled chocolate syrup and enjoy! Serves two!

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Comments

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 01, 2014:

Thank you so much Mo!!! I make pasta salad a lot lately. Thanks for the shares.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 24, 2014:

Hi Sharon! I created a new board on Pinterest just for salads and I wanted to be sure to include your amazing pasta salad recipe. Voted up, pinned and tweeted.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 08, 2013:

Hi Marcy ~ I hope you do try to make it. It is a meal in itself. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 08, 2013:

Hi Stricktlydating ~ You are welcome. This is really a great salad for anytime of year. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on April 08, 2013:

This does look heavenly! Summer is coming - time for salads!

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on April 08, 2013:

A lovely salad for summer, thanks for sharing!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 13, 2012:

Hello rabia kamran ~ thank you. I actually went shopping this morning and made this pasta salad again today. Everyone loves it. I hope you do too. It's been a family favorite for many many years. Thank you for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 13, 2012:

iefox5 ~ I am so sorry I made you hungry, ha. This salad is delicious. I hope you give it a try. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 12, 2012:

Hi SG ~ Glad to hear you will be trying this great recipe. I'm craving it again now so I have everything on my list for my next shopping trip. Don't forget the shake! Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 12, 2012:

Hi Anamika ~ thank you so much for stopping by to check this out and pinning the recipe. Very much appreciated.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 12, 2012:

Hi Mar ~ Seriously, I never used to be a big fan of pasta salad either. This one I love. For me, I truly think it has to do with all the cheese. I'm a "cheeseaholic." And that shake, oh yeah, love it too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 12, 2012:

Hi Cyndy ~ this pasta salad is very filling. That's why I said it definitely could be a meal too. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

rabia kamran from pakistan on September 12, 2012:

nice recipe, will try it soon, rated up

iefox5 on September 12, 2012:

Looks sooooooooo delicious. I feel hungry now :(

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on September 11, 2012:

This looks wonderful! I love pasta salad with all fresh vegetables. What more could you ask for? A chocolate banana shake, heck yeah! I will be trying this VERY soon! Voted up and awesome!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on September 11, 2012:

Your Pasta salad with tri-colored pasta looks awesome! Pinned...

marellen on September 11, 2012:

Wow Sharyn........this hub was packed with info. I'm not a big fan of Pasta Salad but this certainly looks delicious. I am however a fan of that shake. Yummy. Thanks for all the good recipes.

Take care,

Mary

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 11, 2012:

Oh my goodness! I could eat for a week on all the yummy goodness you provided here! I love it! Thank you for sharing all this. :)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 11, 2012:

Hi Kelley ~ gosh, now that I'm looking at this again, I think I need to make some. It's been a while. I appreciate your feedback and sharing. Have a great day!

Sharyn

kelleyward on September 11, 2012:

This is a beautiful hub Sharyn. I love the pictures and the bonus shake recipe. What more could you ask?? Pinned, voted up, and tried to give 5 stars but the capsule wouldn't work. Take care, Kelley

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 11, 2012:

Hi Ecal ~ oh, awesome, so glad you liked it. Chicken is a good choice too. And yeah, cleaning out your fridge and using leftovers or whatever is the beauty of this salad. It's difficult to truly mess it up. Thanks SO much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Anastasia Kingsley from Croatia, Europe on July 10, 2012:

Just had your pasta salad for lunch and I must say, it was great, especially on a scorcher like today. I used cooked chicken, tomatoes, grated carrots, olives, and tortellini. Basically, I cleaned out my refrigerator. The sesame seeds in the dressing was a great touch!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 09, 2012:

Hey Justin ~ Great to see you! Your pasta salad sounds good too. My favorite in the salad is the cheese :) Thanks for your feedback, hope all is well with you!

Sharyn

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on July 09, 2012:

this looks really good, Shayrn. i make a pasta salad with colby cheese and balsamic vinaigrette, pickles and olives. It's very flavorful. I'll have to give this one a try.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 25, 2012:

Hi Mo ~ Thank you so much for your compliments. I hope your mom likes the recipe too. Enjoy those banana shakes, so simple and awesome. I always appreciate your feedback, thanks!

Sharyn

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 24, 2012:

I love having a variety of salads during the summer months and this looks great. I'm going to share this one with my mom - she likes all of the ingredients you have added. Your pictures look great and your instructions are clear too. You always do a nice job of describing everything - thanks for that.

By the way, who can say no to a nice shake? That was a nice treat! I just bought two large bunches of bananas - shake time! :)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 22, 2012:

Hi MM ~ well thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback. The green dish is REALLY old, I think my mom got it for a wedding shower gift over 50 years ago. I thought it looked pretty too. Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 21, 2012:

Hi Sharyn, I love everything about this hub, the recipe, the pictures, your layout and that super dish your finished recipe is in!

Thank you and voted up

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hi Chrissie ~ I understand, this pasta salad is a favorite and family loves when it is made for a get together. That's a great idea to wait to put more dressing on when you get to the party. It definitely needs to be mixed again before serving. I appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hi Ecal ~ To make the tomato divider, I used Microsoft clip art and Power Point. Then I saved it as a jpg and cropped it like a photo. There are several good hubs about how to make dividers for you to check out. I've used the hub from Miss Olive. Thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hey Denise ~ you can come over anytime. I appreciate you stopping by here :)

Sharyn

chrissieklinger from Pennsylvania on June 20, 2012:

I make my pasta salad almost exactly how you described and everyone is always asking me to bring it to parties. When taking it to parties and picnics I add half the bottle of dressing before and the other half when I get to the party. I loved all your photos!!!!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hello thumbi7 ~ I'm glad to hear your children like pasta salad. It is quite healthy considering so many other "bad" options they could choose. Thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hi Dr. BJ ~ I thought so too. This pasta salad is very photogenic! I always appreciate you stopping by. Thank you so much!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hello Research Analyst ~ I agree. There are so many ways to prepare pasta salad. You really can use what you may have on hand and it will still come out great. Thank you for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hi Marissa ~ It IS so refreshing in the summer. I have enjoyed it for several days now. I actually tripled the batch and shared it with a few neighbors too. And yes, that banana chocolate shake was so good. Just yesterday, I made another very simple and oh so good shake. I cut the seeds (and stems) out of about 10 bing cherries. I blended them with vanilla ice cream. Black cherry shake! I'm glad you stopped by, thank you.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hi rebeccamealey ~ Pepperoni adds a little more "spice" to the recipe. But you can use salami or even chicken. I think even baloney would be good too. I appreciate you sharing this recipe. Thanks so much.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hi Crystal Tatum ~ you definitely can make adjustments on the meat/protein. I do it all the time for family members who are vegetarian. I appreciate your feedback, thank you.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2012:

Hi Billy,

The dish is big enough for one head. Help yourself! Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 19, 2012:

Hi Kelly ~ Thanks, it is pretty, isn't it. And yes, chocolate banana shake, oh so yummy. Come visit, I'll make you some :) Thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 19, 2012:

Hello Daughter Of Maat ~ Yes, absolutely, you can use tofu and vegan chicken. It definitely sound like it would work and still taste great! Thank you so much for your feedback and sharing. Also for following too. Take care,

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 19, 2012:

Hello Blond Logic ~ I agree, this recipe is a big hit. I don't always use the same veggies, but it's always very similar and the dish is always brought back home empty! And I do like broccoli and cauliflower cooked but raw in this salad is the best! Good luck with convincing your spouse :) Thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn

Anastasia Kingsley from Croatia, Europe on June 19, 2012:

Hi Denise, let's head over together! Rated up, Bookmarked and shared. I was just thinking how a pasta salad would be ideal for this hot and humid weather. Loved your little tomatoes in a row, how did you manage that? I think Susan did something similar in her carrot cake recipe, do tell...

Denise Mai from Idaho on June 19, 2012:

Looks yummy. When should I come over?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 19, 2012:

Hi Vicki ~ Thank you for such awesome comments. I appreciate your feedback, the 5 stars and votes/shares.

Sharyn

JR Krishna from India on June 18, 2012:

Beautiful!

My children love to eat pasta.

Thanks for sharing it

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 18, 2012:

Hello krillco ~ Tortellini would work well too. Really, any kind of pasta. Thank for stopping by to read and leave feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 18, 2012:

Hi Kelley ~ Thanks so much for your five stars. And yes, that very simple shake is oh, so good. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 18, 2012:

Hi Lela ~ I think cooked chicken would be great in this salad too. But I can't believe you don't like cheese. Awww, that's cuz I'm a cheesaholic :) I appreciate your feedback, thank you.

Sharyn

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 18, 2012:

This pasta salad, Sharyn, is not only supreme but extremely photogenic. And I love the shake recipe. Thank you for both, m'dear.

Research Analyst on June 18, 2012:

I like to make pasta salad, because there are so many ways to prepare it.

Marissa from United States on June 18, 2012:

This looks awesome! I love pasta salad. It's so refreshing in the summer. This recipe is very similar to my moms. I'm going to have to try making my own dressing for it.

And the shake at the end? YUM! :D

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 18, 2012:

Nice! I love pasta salad, especially in the Summer! I have never used pepperoni in one.Must try. Thanks. Sharing this!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on June 18, 2012:

Wow, this loos delicious! I'm a vegetarian but I think I could easily make an adjustment on the protein. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 18, 2012:

That first picture looks so good I'd like to shove my whole head into the dish! Just sayin'

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 18, 2012:

I love pasta salad and this looks terrific. I love that it doesn't have any mayo in it - ew! I love vinagrette based salads the most and oh my! Did you say Chocolate Banana shake? That is my very favorite!!!

UP!!!

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on June 18, 2012:

Oh this looks so yummy, even though I'm vegan, I'm sure I could use tofu in place of the cheese and vegan chicken in place of the salami. I bookmarked this for dinner, voted it up and shared it. Yummy pictures too, mouth watering!

Mary Wickison from Brazil on June 18, 2012:

I used to make a salad very similar to this and it was always a big hit. I would take it to potluck and always brought back an empty bowl. I never thought of adding olives which I love.

Now I am married to someone who thinks broccoli and cauliflower can only be eaten cooked. I will make a bowl for myself and watch him go green with envy!

Thanks for reminding me about this.

Nice pics by the way.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 18, 2012:

5 stars, for sure! Sounds wonderful. Looks great, too. You did a great job on the photos. The whole hub is attractive! Well done! Many votes and sharing!

William E Krill Jr from Hollidaysburg, PA on June 18, 2012:

Nice recipe...I do something very similar, but I use tortellini as the pasta.

kelleyward on June 18, 2012:

Great recipe and I like the bonus shake at the end. The table and pictures are especially helpful! Given 5 stars. Kelley

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 18, 2012:

Very interesting salad. I don't like the idea of eating peperoni in a salad. I don't even like cheese. Maybe diced chicken? Love the photos!