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It wasn't until I moved to Italy that I discovered pasta salads didn't need to be a soggy mess. The trick lies in cooking the pasta until it's al dente (just until it loses that starchy center when cut in half). Many pasta boxes in America indicate a cooking time of 10-12 minutes (if you cook pasta this long you'll never end up with a firm bite). Remember that pasta will continue cooking after it's been drained so don't be afraid to cut the cooking time to ensure your pasta is perfectly al dente. Here are four easy pasta salad recipes that will help you get it right:
While spaghetti is an unconventional shape for a pasta salad, this recipe from Michelin-starred Italian chef Luigi Taglienti really works. The noodles are paired with carrots and grapefruit for a nice zest.
By adding chicken to this pasta salad you'll have a hearty fixin' for lunch or dinner. Peas, parsley, sesame seeds and Parmesan cheese complete this easy recipe.
Crunchy, colorful and simply irresistible this is the perfect pasta salad recipe to serve at a picnic because it's vegetarian - so it will please veggie lovers and meat eaters alike.
This easy breezy pasta salad recipe blends all the great flavors of the Mediterranean: tuna, arugula, onions, tomatoes, lemons and plenty of extra virgin olive oil.