Layered Pasta Salad


Essentials for the Dressing:

Mayo: 1/2 cup

Sour Cream: ¾ cup

White Wine Vinegar: 2 teaspoons

Sugar: 1 teaspoon

Dijon Mustard: 2 teaspoons

Worcestershire Sauce: ½ teaspoon

Salt: 1/2 teaspoon

Black Pepper: ½ teaspoon

Salad Ingredients:

Macaroni Pasta: 3 cups, cooked and drained

Romaine Lettuce: 3 cups, chopped

Red Bell Pepper: Half, diced

Red Onion: ¼ cup, finely diced

Green Peas: ½ cup, thawed from frozen

Celery: ⅓ cup, chopped

Ham: 1 ½ cups, diced

Black Olives: ⅓ cup

Cheddar Cheese: ½ cup, shredded

Steps to a Perfect Layered Salad:

Cook Pasta: Boil your chosen pasta until it's just al dente, drain, rinse, and let it cool completely to prevent clumping.

Prepare Dressing: Blend mayo, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, Dijon, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.

Layer it Up: In a trifle or glass dish, begin with a lettuce layer, followed by pasta, peppers, red onions, peas, celery, ham, olives, a lavish layer of your creamy dressing, and a final sprinkle of cheese.

Chill: Cover tightly and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours to let the flavors meld beautifully.

Serve: Toss thoroughly right before serving to ensure every bite is flavorful and crisp!

With a burst of flavors, textures, and colorful layers, this Pasta Salad not only adds an aesthetic appeal to your table but also a burst of summer freshness in every bite. Whether you're hosting or attending a summer event, this dish eliminates any last-minute stress and impresses every time!