When you need to feed a crowd, either kids or grown-ups, an easy pasta salad is a great crowd pleaser. It doesn’t take a long time to make and you can adapt the content according to who you are feeding.
For the Easter egg hunt we hosted, we made a huge pasta salad to serve all of the guests. It makes for an easy event too as you can make the majority of it ahead. Even the day before, and it will still be nice and tasty. Just avoid adding fruits the day before, and mix all the ingredients cold. Add a little dash of good olive oil and put it in the fridge over night. Then it stays nice and fresh for the next day.
When making this dish to please kids, I avoid too spicy elements and “weird” and unfamiliar vegetables. Safe vegetables and fruits are typically:
Snow peas, carrots, apples, pears, tomato, cucumber, red onion (sparingly), paprika of different colors, sweet corn, pineapple and mango.
Generally safe additional ingredients:
Cold, grilled chicken, ham and cheese (cheddar, jarlsberg or similar).
For the pasta salad made for this event we used some of the mentioned ingredients.
500 grams pasta
1 barbecue chicken (cooked and meat peeled off the carcass)
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
1 tin sweet corn
1 red onion
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
Cut the vegetables into small pieces.
Cut the chicken into small bits.
Mix everything in a large bowl.
Serve with good bread, like a focaccia and a dressing for those who want that.
Make it more appealing to adults by adding some good spicy sausage, spiced chicken, salmon, shrimps or similar.
Add some more exciting vegetables, such as asparagus, zucchini, pumpkin, chili, fennel, rocket salad or similar.
It takes no major effort to make it into something different than a basic pasta salad.
Adding some homemade dressing will also add to the complexity of the flavor profile. Some good olive oil and mustard or a good flavored vinegar will enhance the experience and taste.