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Cooking Corner - Pasta Salad

Written By: Ellen Kleven  |  Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2012

With summer officially here and a myriad of fresh vegetables becoming readily available at low prices or in home gardens, I wanted to write an article about how to make pasta salad. I envisioned some sort of step-by-step guide for building pasta salad with ingredients of your choice-something to encourage personal creativity. As I was reading and researching pastas and pasta salads though, I came upon an article that is so well written that I don't feel that I should attempt to rewrite it. I will instead include the web address where you can find it, encourage you to please look it up at your convenience, and discuss the virtues of internet and other technology for cooking (and researching!) today.

            The article regarding pasta salad is written by Pam Anderson, is published on allrecipes.com and is called "Five Steps to Perfect Pasta Salad". The direct link as copied from my browser is http://allrecipes.com/howto/five-steps-to-perfect-pasta-salad/.  I have very little by way of correction or addition to her article though I found some of the comments below her article to be helpful and even inspiring. One in particular mentioned sprinkling a little lemon juice or other flavorful liquid on the pasta as soon as it's drained as it absorbs flavors readily then. Another thing I noted is if you don't rinse the pasta in cool water after cooking, you need to make sure you remove it from the boiling water sooner than normal (even sooner than al dente) to avoid soggy pasta, as it will continue to cook for a little while. If you find the pasta too firm after cooling, refresh it in boiling water until it is done to your satisfaction. Remember the pasta also absorbs moisture from the dressing used.

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