7-Layer Pasta Salad Recipe | Kitchen Infinity Recipes

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To make the perfect 7-Layer Pasta Salad we've included ingredients and directions for you to easily follow. This recipe is considered a beginner level recipe. The total time to make this recipe will be 30 min. This 7-Layer Pasta Salad will produce enough food for 8 servings.

Depending on your culture or family tradition there can be multiple variations for making this 7-Layer Pasta Salad recipe. Once you've read through and familiarize yourself with our recommended ingredients and directions, you can add your own twist to this recipe to make it your own! We've included a list of potential cookware or bakeware items below that might be necessary for this 7-Layer Pasta Salad recipe.

7-Layer Pasta Salad Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces farfalle (about 2 cups)
  • 2 stalks broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • One 12-ounce piece deli ham, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces yellow Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced

7-Layer Pasta Salad Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 2 minutes less than the label directs), adding the broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and broccoli and rinse under cool water; shake off the excess. Remove the broccoli and pat dry.
  2. Whisk the mayonnaise, buttermilk, 1/4 cup chives, the parsley, half of the lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Toss the pasta and a few tablespoons of the dressing in a medium bowl.
  3. Assemble the salad: Toss the avocados with the remaining lime juice in a large glass serving bowl and season with salt; arrange in an even layer. Top with layers of the ham, broccoli, pasta, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle some of the remaining dressing on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives, or cover and refrigerate the salad and dressing separately up to 6 hours. (Bring to room temperature before serving.)

Recipe Categories

  • Pasta Salad : Pasta salad (Pasta fredda) is a salad dish prepared with one or more types of pasta, almost always chilled, and most often tossed in a vinegar, oil, or mayonnaise-based dressing. It is typically served as an appetizer, side dish or a main course. Pasta salad is often regarded as a spring or summertime meal, but it can be served year round.

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  • Skillet
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  • Cutting board
  • Grater
  • Saucepan
  • Stockpot
  • Spatula
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Chef Antonio

Chef Antonio

Chef Antonio has deep family roots in Italy. He spent summers living in Rome with his nona which developed his passion for cooking and expertise in preparing traditional Italian dishes. Antonio has two girls, one boy and a dog that he loves to cook for daily!

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