Mega Pasta Salad

The following is a guest post by my friend Liz who blogs at Hoosier Homemade. Liz is a Hoosier Momma, wife, and mom of three boys.  She blogs about cooking, baking, decorating, frugal living, organizing, sewing, crafting and life in Northwest Indiana. In a small world blogging twist, Liz just happens to live about 10 minutes from most of my extended family, but we met on Twitter!

Mega Pasta Salad

Do you ever get tired of the same ole’ pasta salad with Italian dressing? I had been wanting to try a different pasta salad, and our Labor Day get-together was the perfect time.

It turned out very tasty and I was able to use up quite a lot of leftovers in my frig..

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Now, I’m calling it Mega, because the batch that I made turned out to almost fill my 32 cup stainless steel Pampered Chef bowl, as you can see here.

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Here is what I put in, and I’m sorry I don’t have measurements on this one.

  • 1 box of tri-color rotini
  • 1 box of mini farfalle (bow ties)
  • 3-4 handfuls of elbow macaroni
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • some mushrooms, sliced
  • some carrots, chopped
  • some celery, chopped
  • some ham, cubed, small
  • some pepperoni, cut into quarters
  • 1 block of colby cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 small zucchini
The dressing was a bit of an experiment too…
  • Miracle Whip
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Italian Dressing (just a splash for flavor)
  • Poppy Seeds (a handful)
  • Celery Seeds (a good amount)
  • Accent Salt (a little)
  • Oregano (a little)
  • Basil (a little)
Whisk and fold into cooked pasta.
Cooks note: Be sure to rinse the pasta in cold water and let it cool down a bit. I got in a hurry and added it hot and the cheese melted some. We kind of liked it that way, but you may not.

Here is a close up picture to make you even more hungry :)

Mega Pasta Salad

This post is linking to Tasty Tuesday.


  1. Long time lurker but first time poster here. That salad looks amazing! I know its something everyone (even the picky eater) will enjoy.
    I enjoy your blog!

  2. Nothing beats a good pasta salad! Yours sounds interesting–I’ll have to give it a try at our next get together.

  3. Mmmmmmm!! That looks heavenly!! Can’t wait to try it. I am Italian so therefore a sucker for all things Pasta. 🙂

  4. I love my huge PC bowl! 😀 I used it for taco salad for a fellowship last week. 😀 Great looking pasta salad.

  5. That sounds very, very good. I love pasta salads, and yours is loaded! Yum!

  6. Ham, pepperoni, ranch & miracle whip….my boys will be in absolute heaven!! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you!!

  7. Oh, I love pasta salad! That looks delish!

    And it is a small world…I was born & raised about 30 miles from where Liz lives.

  8. That looks Delicious! I luv Pasta Salads, and will have to try out this recipe!

    Thanks for Sharing 🙂

  9. That looks really good! I’ve always made my pasta salad with ranch dressing, something my dad did when I was growing up. Yum!


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