Pasta Salad Three Ways

by Megan on May 4, 2016

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

I am really into pasta, would maybe even say I have a passion for it. I’ve been known to get a mac and cheese for one together and bake it for the time frame it takes me to run 3 miles. POW. Anyhow, while it’s super tasty with tons of cheese, hopes, dreams and sauce on top, it also can be part of a healthy meal or even a solid lunch idea.

So that’s part of what Passion for Pasta is all about — being passionate about pasta and passionate about eating it, cooking with it, making it, shaping it, sharing it and preparing it. Sharing your passions with others, ya know? Bringing a lunch to a friend at work, even! And all the while keeping in mind that not all carbs are created equal. Here are a few recipes that help me express my passion for pasta.

Farfalle Pasta Salad with Smoked Salmon and Yogurt

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

I love farfalle pasta. AKA, bowtie. AKA, super-cute. It pairs like a dream with some smoked salmon, plain yogurt, capers, tomato, egg and fried onions. Kinda reminds me of the breakfast remix to a cute bagel-wich.

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

Italian Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

I might name my next pet Macaroni. Or daughter, even. Look at these curly guys. They must do yoga, ya think? And maybe I’ll name my son Al Dente after the perf way to cook pasta. (AKA, slightly firm.)

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

Toss them in a jar with crispy prosciutto, basil, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and bebe mozzarella balls. Your work frenz will probably pay for your pedicure if you bring them this.

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

Asian Pasta Salad with Seaweed

I like to think of Orzo as the confetti of pasta.

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

Boil it up and make this Asian-inspired salad jar. Shrimp, edamame, seaweed salad and soy sauce. Pow. Lunch was saved again! And, real talk, isn’t it fun that pasta dishes can be put together with ingredients you have on hand? Pantry pasta is what’s up.

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

Barilla Pasta Salad x 3 // takeamegabite

Find all three recipes on Passion for Pasta! Check things out on social with #PassionForPasta, too, while you’re at it!

Full Disclosure: I partnered with Passion for Pasta to make these salads! They supplied the cute pasta and recipes, and I supplied the confetti and gold flatware. While this was a partnership, all the opinions above are my own.

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Katie May 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm

I love all 3 of these! I think these would be great in Poppy’s lunches, too! See ya never, boring sandwiches!

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lynn @ the actor's diet May 17, 2016 at 8:39 pm

I remember in HS I was obsessed with these prepackaged boxes called “Suddenly Pasta.” This looks about a zillion times better!

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