Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

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Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette – Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!

Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!

Three of my favorite things today! Salads, Pasta, and FRIENDS!

Happy Fri-yaaaay! Or is it FrY-Yay?! If it is, then I have YET to post something “fried” on Fridays. ON the other hand, I almost never fry so… that might never happen. BUT hand me some veggies and a dressing shaker, and I might just make you the best tasting veg salad of ever!

However, we might just want to call THIS recipe the big ol’ throw-all-my-veggies-in-a-salad-bowl-and-call-it-a-salad. A Potluck Pasta Salad.

Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!

So here’s the deal.

I’ve always enjoyed the concept of having a big old of something food-related to bring to parties. I can’t accept going empty handed, no way, AND because I have a food blog, people will have a whole lotta not-so-nice things to say about this gal bringing a store-bought pie. Know whadda mean? Yeah you do.

Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!

I can’t even remember and/or would be slightly embarrassed to tell you some of the things I have grabbed out of desperation to bring to a party. The problem is that, because of this blog, I ALWAYS have SO MUCH prepared food! And when I need to get rid of it, I bring it to whoever calls me over. 😀 Also? I think it’s an excellent problem to have.

Problem deux? I am always tempted to drink up my salad dressings. I LIVE for that vinegary, acidic, zesty flavor. I really do.

Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!

Ugh, what a sight. Homemade Dijon Vinaigrette, right there, ready to go! 

Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!

A rich, garlicky, and peppery olive taste is added to the dressing by the way of STAR’s Signature Series Olive Oils by Ferran Adria. This particular Olive Oil is a combination of Extra Virgin Olive Oils with an added roasted garlic taste, making it an ideal oil to use for all your homemade salad dressings and other favorite dishes.

Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!

Also, STAR’s White Wine Vinegar makes a special appearance here because it is the perfect replacement for creamy dressings, and it helps to balance all the flavors.

Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!

Clearly, this potluck pasta salad is pretty basic, in a good way. It doesn’t have avocado or feta cheese, there’s no bacon or kale – I love all of those things! – but this is one of those salads that works well, and it works for everyone. An English cucumber, a handful of cauliflower florets, a pint of colored grape tomatoes, and a couple cups of fresh and so green broccoli florets is all it takes to take your boring white pasta to the very top level. 

Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!

A sprinkle of cheese, maybe? Just a sprinkle of fresh parmesan is all you’ll need. And voila! Get ‘er done and get ‘er done for Sunday’s backyard BBQ partay! 

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STAR Ferran Adrià Garlic Olive Oil is available exclusively at select Safeway, Vons and Albertsons (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah & Colorado) stores.

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ENJOY!

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Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - Quick and easy to make Potluck Pasta Salad packed with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower, all tossed in a zesty and delicious homemade Dijon Vinaigrette!
Course: Salads
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 167.5 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
FOR THE SALAD
  • 10 ounces dry fusilli pasta
  • 1 English Cucumber , diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes , halved
  • 2 to 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 to 3 cups fresh cauliflower florets
FOR THE DIJON VINAIGRETTE
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons STAR White Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup STAR Ferran Adria Garlic Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package; rinse under cold water until cool and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Transfer pasta to a salad bowl; add diced cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the salad dressing by combining all the ingredients in a mixing bowl; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  5. Add salad dressing - as much as you think you will need - to the previously prepared salad.
  6. Toss to coat.
  7. Chill before serving.
Recipe Notes

Note: You will need around 7 to 8 cups of vegetables.

WW Smart Points: 4

Nutrition Facts
Potluck Pasta Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 167.5 Calories from Fat 106
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.8g18%
Saturated Fat 1.7g9%
Cholesterol 11.7mg4%
Sodium 72.1mg3%
Carbohydrates 12.3g4%
Fiber 1.8g7%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2.8g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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