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Coleslaw Pasta Salad

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Coleslaw pasta salad is a fun twist to traditional pasta salad. Loaded with texture, taste, and fabulous crunch. This is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq, picnic, or potluck! It can be made ahead of time too.

Coleslaw pasta salad is a fun twist to traditional pasta salad. Loaded with texture, taste, and fabulous crunch. This is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq, picnic, or potluck! It can be made ahead of time too.

Yesterday was my kids’ last day of school! Now I have all 4 kids home…… all. day. long! I have friends that can’t wait for summertime and I’m over here asking myself “don’t they get sick of the fighting and bickering?!” or the “mom, I’m bored” every 5 minutes. Are their kids really that good or are mine just crazy? I never know. All I know is that I’ll be ready for school to start again by the weekend πŸ™‚

I love my kids just as much as the next mom but seriously, is it Fall yet? πŸ™‚ I now have a lot more sympathy for my own mother because not only did she have 6 kids home all summer long, she also had several other kids that she babysat too! Talk about a house full. I still don’t know how she managed to do it.Β 

Coleslaw pasta salad is a fun twist to traditional pasta salad. Loaded with texture, taste, and fabulous crunch. This is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq, picnic, or potluck! It can be made ahead of time too.

The one thing I do like about summer are all the salads and no-bake desserts. I’ve kind of been going no-bake dessert crazy on the blog lately. Triple layer lemon pudding pie and my newest favorite dessert of all time is this black forest cheesecake pie.

Both are no bake and both are so perfect for a bbq or potluck. Those seem to also happen a lot during the summer. 4th of July, graduation parties, or family gatherings. I am a sucker for a good potluck gathering where there are tons of dishes to choose from. This coleslaw pasta and this ranch pasta salad are my go-to dishes for BBQ’s and gatherings.Β 

Coleslaw pasta salad is a fun twist to traditional pasta salad. Loaded with texture, taste, and fabulous crunch. This is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq, picnic, or potluck! It can be made ahead of time too.

This coleslaw pasta salad just very well may be my favorite. The texture, crunch, and light flavor are out of this world delicious. Combine that with the super creamy and flavorful dressing and it’s a perfect match.Β 

Cook up some ditalini pasta and add it with a bunch of other goodies. Celery, water chestnuts, bagged coleslaw mix, sweet onion, green pepper, and cucumbers. I also like to add some chopped up hard-boiled eggs too. The original recipe does notΒ call forΒ egg but I love the addition of it in this salad.

Some of the ingredients may sound a bit strange like the water chestnuts. But if you want some great crunchy texture then those water chestnuts are golden. They don’t have much flavor to them so they’re the perfect way to add a crunch without a strong flavor added as well.Β 

Coleslaw pasta salad is a fun twist to traditional pasta salad. Loaded with texture, taste, and fabulous crunch. This is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq, picnic, or potluck! It can be made ahead of time too.

The great thing about this salad is that it NEEDS to be made ahead of time. Anytime I can get something done in the morning when it’s not so busy, I am happy.

Surprisingly, this salad stays crunchy even the day after. Just like with any pasta salad it tends to not be so good on day 3 and 4, etc. I loved eating the leftovers for lunch the day after I made this.

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Coleslaw pasta salad is a fun twist to traditional pasta salad. Loaded with texture, taste, and fabulous crunch. This is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq, picnic, or potluck! It can be made ahead of time too.
Coleslaw Pasta Salad
Coleslaw pasta salad is a fun twist to traditional pasta salad. Loaded with texture, taste, and fabulous crunch. This is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq, picnic, or potluck! It can be made ahead of time too.
Ingredients
coleslaw pasta salad
  • 1 box 16 oz ditalini pasta
  • 1 bag 16 oz coleslaw mix
  • 1 sweet onion finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs finely chopped
  • 2 medium cucumbers finely chopped and seeded
  • 1 green pepper finely chopped
  • 1 can 8 ounces sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 3 hard boiled eggs chopped
dressing
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Transfer pasta to a large mixing bowl; add the coleslaw mix, onions, celery, cucumber, green pepper, water chestnuts, and eggs. Mix together.
  3. In separate bowl combine the dressing ingredients and stir with a whisk. Pour over the pasta salad and stir well to combine.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

The original recipe does not call for the chopped eggs. I have added it and have not added it. It's good either way. I prefer the addition of the chopped eggs.

Remember to salt the pasta water!

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Coleslaw pasta salad is a fun twist to traditional pasta salad. Loaded with texture, taste, and fabulous crunch. This is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq, picnic, or potluck! It can be made ahead of time too.

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    Sherry
    June 6, 2017 at 9:09 am Hi, this is a very interesting recipe but I have one question, please. "1/4 apple cider vinegar", what is the quantity for that? I know this is a very strong ingredient and too much can be over whelming. Coleslaw is my "Church dish" so I try to find different ways to make and I love this! Thanks in advance,
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      Together As Family
      June 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm Hi Sherry. I am very sensitive to vinegar as well, so I know what you mean. The original recipe actually called for white vinegar which is very over powering. I used apple cider instead because it is more subtle. The 1/4 cup is correct and it is not too over whelming. If you are worried you would be fine reducing it down to 3 tablespoons perhaps.
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    Wendy
    June 24, 2017 at 5:49 pm HI, Do you think you could cut the sugar down and add honey instead?
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      Together As Family
      June 24, 2017 at 8:10 pm Hey. I have never used honey so I am not sure. You could always try it but it may be too much liquid (?). Not positive on that but it seems like it would. You could also get away with reducing the sugar amount or even not adding it.
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    The Ultimate Guide to Summer Side Dishes - The Schmidty Wife
    July 11, 2017 at 8:01 am […] Coleslaw Pasta Salad – Together As Family […]
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    Judi
    September 22, 2017 at 12:01 am This looks great! How many servings?
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      Together As Family
      September 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm I never know how many servings to say for salads like this. It makes a lot. A big bowl. I would say it easily serves 12-15 for like a side dish, like at a potluck or something like that.
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    Deborah Rose
    February 2, 2018 at 7:52 pm You could (gasp) even add shredded rotisserie chicken, tuna, tiny shrimp, shredded cheddar - whatever - to make this a full lunch or dinner rather than as a side. Looking forward to making this all summer!
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      Together As Family
      February 4, 2018 at 7:28 pm Yummy, yes those would all be great additions! Thanks for the suggestions and I may just have to try a few. Thanks for visiting.
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    Margaret P
    February 25, 2018 at 11:50 pm I have made the basic recipe two different times. Both were a big hit. This is a great tasty salad for a group. It is now my go to veggie pasta salad choice.
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    Mikki
    June 3, 2018 at 2:52 am Hi! I just happened upon your blog when I did a search for search for for "recipes using quick cook steel cut oats" I plan to make the Energy Bites tomorrow, w/ almond butter, ground flax seeds & chocolate chips *they sound "yum~o~liciously* healthy! I am looking forward to making the Coleslaw Pasta Salad soon. My plan is to divide it in half & add canned salmon to one portion. I am anticipating a scrumptious summer double hitter :)
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      Together As Family
      June 3, 2018 at 6:40 pm Sounds delicious! So happy to hear you found the energy bites recipe when you searched. Welcome to my blog and I hope you find some good stuff.
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    Sue
    July 17, 2018 at 4:41 pm I never know when people say mayo whether they mean Hellmann’s or kraft miracle whip. Which one did you use? This recipe sounds awesome, thank you. I’m using it for a party this week end!πŸ‘πŸ»
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      Together As Family
      July 19, 2018 at 9:02 am I always use Hellman's because I think the taste is much better. But, I have used Kraft as well cause that's what I had at the time. Both will work just fine but Hellman's is a creamier more flavorful mayo, I think anyways :)
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        Sue
        July 19, 2018 at 8:49 pm Thanks! Hellmans it is!πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

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