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How to Make Pasta Salad

A bit of overnight preparation can help you make tasty pasta salad. We’ve got a tip that infuses the pasta with lots of delicious flavors.

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Our secret to a moist pasta salad is simple. Toss the cooked pasta salad with a little oil and lemon juice and chill overnight before you add the other ingredients. After cooking the pasta, rinse it with cold water to stop the cooking and remove excess starch on the surface of the pasta. Then, toss the pasta in a 2 to 1 olive oil-lemon juice mixture before letting it chill in the fridge overnight. You don't need much. Two tablespoons oil and a tablespoon of lemon juice for a pound of pasta is plenty. This oil and lemon mixture keeps the pasta from absorbing too much of the dressing, resulting in a dry pasta salad. The next day, toss the pasta with all the other ingredients and the salad dressing. You won't believe the delicious difference this one step makes.