Supreme Pasta Salad Recipe: Incredibly Attractive & Delicious
Supreme Pasta Salad = Nouvelle Cuisine
Nouvelle cuisine is described as an approach to cooking lighter and tantalizing dishes using the freshest ingredients. A great emphasis is placed on the presentation. Although nouvelle cuisine was first introduced in the 1970’s and became extremely popular in the 1980’s, it remains a favorite fare today.
My cold Supreme Pasta Salad recipe certainly falls into the nouvelle cuisine category. It is light, includes a variety of fresh seasonal produce, colorful, tastes wonderful and displays beautifully.
Pasta salad is usually thought of as a spring or summertime side dish often made for outdoor gatherings such as picnics or cookouts. BUT I believe this Supreme Pasta Salad can be used as a meal anytime of year because it not only contains healthy vegetables, pasta and oils, it also contains cheese and meat for protein. Of course, the meat (pepperoni or salami) can be eliminated for a great vegetarian dish.
One of the best things about this Supreme Pasta Salad recipe is that you can use whatever you already may have on hand at home. No doubt you will receive rave reviews for its taste and presentation.
Let's get started!
Supreme Pasta Salad Ingredients
Your Choice Variations
16 ounces (1 pound)
Pasta (colorful tri-color looks best)
Rotini, fusilli or penne work well
1 8-ounce bottle
Italian salad dressing
Any brand you like or see below to make your own Italian salad dressing
McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning
See below to make your own Salad Supreme seasoning
Chopped, assorted vegetables
Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cherry tomatoes, peppers, black olives, radishes, onions
Diced or cubed cheese
Sharp cheddar, swiss, pepperjack, muenster, feta, mozzarrella
Sliced or diced pepperoni
Salami works well too
NOTE for Vegetarians: We have vegetarians in my family. We always make a separate bowl without the pepperoni or salami.
How to Cook Pasta Al Dente
Supreme Pasta Salad Instructions (see photos below)
- Cook pasta "al dente" ~ i.e., tender but still firm when bitten into. Taste test to perfection. Rinse with cold water and drain.
- In a large bowl, combine Italian salad dressing, Salad Supreme seasoning and cooked pasta.
- Slice, dice, chop or cube: vegetables, cheese and pepperoni. Toss into the pasta mixture.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours for best results.
- Always stir before serving.
- Makes approximately 8 servings. Enjoy!
Cook Pasta Al Dente
Dice Meat and Cheese
Mix Italian Salad Dressing and Salad Supreme Seasoning
Fold In Pasta First and Then The Remaining Ingredients
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How to Make Your Own McCormick's Salad Supreme Seasoning
Salad Supreme is a wonderful blend of spices, herbs and cheese. It’s very easy to make your own.
This seasoning is great on just about any type of salad, vegetables and even meats. Use your imagination to alter the recipe to your liking and call it your own!
McCormick's Salad Supreme Seasoning
Homemade Salad Supreme Seasoning Ingredients
- 3 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seed
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 dashes cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
- 4 tablespoons grated romano or parmesan cheese (fresh is best)
Mix all ingredients together. Makes approximately 1/2 cup seasoning. Store unused seasoning in refrigerator.
How to Make Your Own Italian Salad Dressing
Making your own Italian salad dressing is easy and you can adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Salad Dressing Bottle/Shaker
Homemade Italian Salad Dressing Ingredients
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried, crushed parsley flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed oregano
Blend the ingredients until thoroughly combined using a blender or shaker. Refrigerate.
How About A Delicious Chocolate Banana Shake?
Chocolate Banana Shake
I thought I'd add this shake to the article since it is so simple and wonderful too. I actually did make this shake to enjoy after eating the Supreme Pasta Salad as a meal. All you need is:
- 2 medium bananas
- 5 cups vanilla ice cream
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Variations: add a little milk if you would like it thinner or ice if you'd like it thicker.
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Decorate with drizzled chocolate syrup and enjoy! Serves two!
Unique Serving Bowls
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