Is it really a barbecue if there is no pasta salad? When I grew up in the Midwest, pasta salad was a fixture at every gathering. It was usually topped with Italian dressing and vegetables—and quickly devoured. Making it was easy, so I took over the task in my teens.
My love for pasta salad has only grown, but now I face other decisions. Like, which gluten-free pasta will hold up the best and not tear when adding ingredients? Can I make it the night before?
To help get you in the pasta salad spirit, here are my top five tips for preparing a version that will make your guests do a double take.