Ah pasta salads – what’s not to love? This classic German pasta salad recipe is so easy to make, and it’s the perfect combination of a sweet-tart dressing, vegetables, and noodles. The creamy and flavorful dressing pulls it all together, and it makes for a great summer side dish or light lunch. So let’s get started!
Ingredients for The Perfect German Pasta Salad
– 2 tablespoons white vinegar
– 1/3 cup olive oil
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
– 1/4 cup chopped red onion
– 1/2 cup diced celery
– 1 green bell pepper, diced
– 1 red bell pepper, diced
– 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
– 500 g rotini or spirali pasta
How to Make German Pasta Salad
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta and the dressing. Stir until all the ingredients are evenly coated in the dressing.
Serve the pasta salad warm, or chill it for a few hours in the refrigerator for a cold salad.
Frequently Asked Questions about German Pasta Salad
Q. How long will German pasta salad last?
A. German pasta salad will last for up to 5 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Q. Can German pasta salad be frozen?
A. Unfortunately, it is not recommended to freeze German pasta salad.
Q. Can German pasta salad be made ahead of time?
A. Yes, German pasta salad can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Make sure to store it in the refrigerator.
Q. What other additions can be made to German pasta salad?
A. German pasta salad is very versatile. Try adding different vegetables such as zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, or cherry tomatoes. You can also try adding different kinds of cheese or nuts for extra flavor and crunch.
Q. Is German pasta salad vegan?
A. No, German pasta salad is not vegan due to the feta cheese. To make this recipe vegan, simply omit the cheese or substitute it with a vegan cheese alternative.
1 package (250g) pasta, cooked according to package directions
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup shalots, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup pickles, chopped
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, rinse the pasta under cold water then drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the cherry tomatoes, shalots, parsley, pickles, and capers.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, and white wine vinegar, until well blended.
Add the drained cooked pasta to the tomato mixture. Then pour the mayonnaise mixture over the top and stir to combine.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to develop.
You can substitute the pickles for chopped cucumber.
Add cooked bacon for even more flavor!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: German
- Diet: Halal
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 200 kcal
- Sugar: 5g
- Sodium: 300mg
- Fat: 10g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Unsaturated Fat: 7g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 25g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 5g
- Cholesterol: 15mg
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