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Coleslaw pasta salad is a delicious 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.

COLESLAW PASTA SALAD

This coleslaw pasta salad just very well may be my favorite pasta salad. The texture, crunch, and light flavor are out of this world delicious.

Combine that with a creamy dressing and it’s basically a match made in Heaven. 

Pasta salads are me very favorite thing to bring to picnic, BBQ’s, or gatherings during the summer. There are so many different pasta salads and it’s always fun to try new ones. 

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.

Colelsaw pasta salad could not be simpler to make!

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. Mix up a simple creamy dressing and combine it all together. 

I also like to add some chopped up hard-boiled eggs too. The original recipe does not call for egg but I love the addition of it in this 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.

MY TIPS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE

  • This salad MUST be made ahead of time. Trust me, it is not very good right after making it. The flavors need time to come together and it needs to be cold before serving. I always make it in the morning and leave it in the fridge until I need it.
  • I know it’s a lot of mayonnaise but it is a pasta salad. It’s creamy and so yummy. But if you are totally against the mayo, maybe substitute half of it with plain Greek yogurt. 
  • I would recommend cutting all the veggies and add-ins roughly the same size as the ditalini pasta. 

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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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
Prep Time
20 mins
Fridge Time
4 hrs
Total Time
20 mins
 
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.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coleslaw, pasta salad, salad recipe
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, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped small
  • 1 can (8 oz) 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. Don't forget to add salt to the cooking water. I add about 1-2 teaspoons. 

  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 4-6 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.

 

Plan ahead! This salad needs at least 4 hours of fridge time before serving. 

 

Store leftovers in the fridge. Surprisingly, the salad stays well in the fridge for a couple of days. And it even still retains the slight crunch too!

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  • Reply
    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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    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!👍🏻
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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!👍🏻😁
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    Linda
    August 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm Made this salad yesterday for a family birthday party. Was a great hit. Only thing I did different was added a red bell pepper that needed to be used.
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      Together As Family
      August 30, 2018 at 8:03 pm The addition of red pepper is great! I am happy to hear it was a hit.
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    Lori
    March 25, 2019 at 10:04 am Make this recipe all of the time but I do cut down on the Apple Cider Vinegar to about 3 tablespoons. It is delicious and refreshing!

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    Linda Gilman
    May 24, 2019 at 9:21 am I made this recipe for Easter and it was great. Totally delicious. I will make it again for Memorial Day weekend.

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    Helen
    May 26, 2019 at 3:23 pm A guest brought this to my home last night for a party but forgot to take it out of the fridge when it was time to eat. Found it this morning and I am almost ashamed to say I ate more than half the bowl. Delicious!

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      Together As Family
      May 31, 2019 at 10:19 pm haha, oh no! But yay for you :) SO happy to hear you loved it!
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    Linda Gilman
    May 27, 2019 at 11:34 am I have made this recipe twice. It is delicious. The recipe makes a lot. I would recommend cutting quality of ingredients in half.

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      Together As Family
      May 31, 2019 at 10:17 pm Yes it does make a lot! Perfect for big gatherings or potlucks.
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    Vallerie
    June 12, 2019 at 8:47 pm What is the measurement for apple cider vinegar?
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    Valerie
    June 15, 2019 at 9:08 am I made this for Father’s Day campout and it was a hit! We had 11 people and plenty leftover for another meal. Didn’t know the exact measurement of apple cider vinegar. Please update recipe.

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      Together As Family
      June 27, 2019 at 10:24 pm Thanks for letting me know about the vinegar. I will go check that out right now. So glad it was a hit!
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    Jean
    June 24, 2019 at 9:02 pm This is by far my favorite pasta salad! I add 8oz of cubed cheddar cheese which takes it over the top...... adds a nice bit of Salty-ness. Makes a lot so it’s a great salad to take for a crowd. Make it ahead as it’s better the next day after flavors meld. Soooo good!!

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      Together As Family
      June 27, 2019 at 10:16 pm I agree! It's so good the next day. And I have to say I will definitely be trying cheese when I make it again. I've heard that from several people now how amazing it is with cheese.

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