Krissy's Pasta Salad

My sister in law makes an awesome pasta salad.  It has been passed around all through our family and we literally refer to it as Krissy's pasta salad.  I can only hope one day to be so well known for one of my recipes. 

This pasta salad is perfect for a summer picnic yet still appropriate and well received for something nicer like Thanksgiving dinner.  Someone seems to always make it for barbecues and birthdays or family dinner and baby showers. 

I think what makes this pasta salad stand out from the rest is that it is made with salad dressing and no mayo.  Plus it adds in a combination of vegetables like bell peppers, avocado, and artichokes making it feel really fresh and light. 

It's definitely a keeper and I highly recommend it if you are looking for an easy pasta salad staple.

Krissy's Pasta Salad

1 bag multicolored pasta
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 of each--yellow, red, and orange bell pepper
1 small can sliced olives
1 avocado
1 cup Parmesan cheese
Newman's Own Parmesan and Garlic Salad Dressing

Cook pasta al dente.  Combine artichokes, peppers, and olives in a bowl.  Add pasta once cooled.  Mix in dressing to taste (about half the bottle).  Add parmesan.  Cut up and add avocado before serving. 

This recipe can be made the night before.  Freshen up the pasta salad with a little extra dressing right before serving if made ahead of time.


  1. This looks yummy! My only concern would be that the avocado turns brown if you make it the night before. Does that happen?

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  3. Maybe something in the salad dressing keeps it from turning brown? I make another pasta dish that uses avocado and a light dressing and the leftovers are never brown!

  4. I've pinned it, but I'm doubtful I'll be able to find Newman's Own salad dressing here. I may have to make a substitution - any ideas?

  5. Someone commented on Pinterest that they make a similar pasta salad with ceasar dressing. Maybe try just dressing it in olive oil, parmesan, and salt and pepper? Sounds yummy to me already! ;)

  6. That's a great idea! And all of those things are ones I have on hand. I'll give it a go this week or next!

  7. I might even have to try this variation as well!!!

  8. I made this over the weekend and it was a hit! :)

  9. Yay! So glad to hear! It's definitely a keeper! xo


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