Christmas Pasta salad merges a simple side dish with the fun of the holidays. Featuring tree shaped noodles and red, green, and white mix ins, the family will gobble it up.
I’m a huge fan of pasta salad, so when I was writing a post on Christmas Pasta shapes I knew that I needed to buy some and make my old stnad by.
It did not disappoint! The colorful veggies and cheese were perfect with the fun noodles and dressing, making for a great holiday lunch or side.
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We used this Christmas Tree Pasta from Pastabilities. The quality is amazing and they hold their shape really well.
We’ve collected a bunch of Christmas Pasta Shape options in this blog post.
Making the holiday colors
The true fun in this pasta salad is adding the red, green, and white colors which is perfect for Christmas. In our option we used chopped white cheese, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper. and pepperoni. Here are some more options:
Red mix in ideas
- Fresh bell pepper
- Roasted red pepper
- Sundried tomato
- Green bell pepper
- Pesto or basil
- Chopped parsley
White pasta salad mix ins options
- Cheese stick sliced
- Fresh mozzarella pearls
- Other white cheeses like feta
Christmas Pasta Salad Recipe
This Christmas pasta salad is beyond simple to put together, but the best part about it is that it’s super customizable.
Use homemade dressing or bottled Italian. Or skip the dressing altogether and serve with olive oil and grated cheese.
Bonus: it only gets better as it sits, so feel free to make ahead of time and refrigerate it before serving!
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Christmas Pasta Salad
This holiday pasta salad is perfect for a get together or a festive lunch. Mix it up and refergerate to enjoy later.
- 1-2 cups red, white, green mix ins
- 16 oz pasta
- .5-1 cup Italian Salad Dressing
Chop your veggies and cheese, the set aside.
Cook Pasta per packaging until al dente, drain.
While pasta is still warm, add .5 cup of dressing and toss to coat. Add more dressing as desired.
Stir in mix ins and chill at least 1 hour.