This is the best pasta salad I’ve ever made. I adapted this recipe from the Pioneer Woman website. Ree Drummond’s blog posts are so much fun to read! I made this recipe for a 4th of July barbecue – it’s an all-American pasta salad with a twist – spicy dill pickle juice! There’s something special about having spicy, sweet, salty and sour all in the same dish – yummy! I just love the colors in the salad too, it brightens up any picnic table.
Best Pasta Salad
- 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni or other small pasta
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 Tbsp milk
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp pickle juice divided
- 2 tsp sugar or to taste
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
- 3 whole roasted red peppers chopped
- 1/2 cup black olives chopped
- 1/2 cup sweet and spicy pickles diced
- 3 scallions cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- Parsley chopped, for garnish
- Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; set aside
- Stir together mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, 1 tbsp pickle juice, sugar, salt, pepper; set aside
- Place cooled pasta in a large bowl and add in roasted red peppers, olives, pickles, and scallions.
- Add in mayonnaise mixture and stir gently until combined. Taste and add more pickle juice or if needed
- Chill and garnish with parsley before serving
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