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Best Pasta Salad Dressing

The following recipe makes a delicious dressing for a pasta salad. Combining olive oil and mayonnaise results in a light yet creamy dressing which is aromatically flavored with garlic, basil, oregano, and thyme. You can use quarter of a teaspoon of dried basil instead of the fresh basil if you want to. This salad dressing goes with many kinds of pasta salad, regardless of the type of pasta you use or the meat, fish, or veggies you choose to put into it.

The authentic Italian flavors make this the best pasta salad dressing to choose if you want to make a salad with a traditional Italian feel. Why not put sundried tomatoes, mozzarella cubes, black olives, and fresh basil leaves in your salad to give it even more of an Italian feel? You can serve such a salad as an appetizer, side dish or even as an entree if you add some chicken or seafood to it.

Putting together a pasta salad is one of the best ways to use leftover pasta too, because all you need to do is toss the cooled pasta with meat, poultry or seafood, some vegetables or other additives, and of course the best pasta salad dressing. The result is going to be amazing served for lunch, perhaps over a bed of mixed baby salad leaves, or you could omit the meat or seafood and serve the salad as a side dish for chicken, grilled fish, or another type of protein.

Simple Yet Delicious Pasta Salad Dressing
Summary: This Italian inspired salad dressing is perfect with pasta. It includes mayonnaise, garlic, herbs, and mustard, and the flavor is rich and really delicious.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • ¼ cup red or white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 minced or finely chopped garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  1. Whisk everything together in a small bowl using an immersion blender or a hand-held whisk.
  2. Use the dressing immediately or chill it until required.
(Serves 6)

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This has to be the perfect dressing for a pasta salad. It is creamy, herby, tangy, and really well-balanced. It is also really easy to prepare since all you have to do is whisk the ingredients together and then it is ready to use. Mix it with any kind of pasta, such as macaroni, penne or spiral pasta, and add tuna, capers, olives, bell pepper, onion, or anything else you like. The result will be a delicious pasta salad which you will not be able to stop eating. Pasta salads are a great budget dish, and especially great if you plan to feed a crowd.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

I have collected lots of salad recipes all in one place, to make finding the perfect salad for the occasion as convenient and easy as possible. Making a special salad can take as few as 5 minutes or you might be using freshly grilled seafood or meat as some of the ingredients, or adding other special touches.

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