Creamiest Pasta Salad

Updated: Jul 16

This gluten free salad everyone will love is made easy with Pieno green banana rotini, grated sweet onion, celery, parsley and a secret sauce. Get the recipe.

"Macaroni" salad is always a huge hit at the backyard barbecue gathering. But have you ever had it lectin free? This easy recipe whips up in minutes and is sure to be the crowd favorite. And, with al dente pasta, the creamiest dressing ever, and sweet and savory taste, nobody will even suspect it's lectin free...until you tell them. Make this delicious party-pleasing dish. Read on for read on for the recipe.


Eating lectin free can be challenging. But one thing is for sure...we don't have to deprive yourself. Many mindful companies are creating perfectly al dente pastas made from lectin free ingredients like millet, sorghum and even green banana. This recipe is made with a lovely one-ingredient rotini manufactured by Pieno. The owner sent me a box and I must say, it's excellent. It boils up al dente in just four minutes. And the texture is firm, and chewy just like real Italian semolina pasta. The flavor is similar to traditional pasta. Nothing weird about it. The resistant starch in green bananas means low carb and high fiber. So, it's a win-win situation for your gut.


Now, you can pick up a box of this terrific pasta in certain stores like Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, or order it online here at Pieno Pasta | High Fiber Superfood Pasta made from Green Bananas (naturetoculture.us).


When you cook this up, you'll notice it is probably the fastest pasta in the West. In just four minutes, it's ready. In those four minutes, you can prepare the other ingredients including sweet onion, celery, and the secret sauce.


Here's a little secret about my pasta salad. I grate the onion! If you have a box grater, you can do this quickly and with ease. Grating the onion, rather than chopping, releases more sweet onion flavor into the dish. And the finely grated onion never gives you an overwhelming onion flavor like when you bite into a chunk of onion. You'll love the result of grating onion into your pasta salad so much, you'll never go back to chopping.


Okay, now let's talk about secret sauce. The creamiest most flavorful pasta salad dressing must have three things: mayonnaise, vinegar, and honey. Perhaps the mayo doesn't surprise you, but the vinegar and honey might. This secret sauce came from a chef I knew from Syracuse, New York who never made a pasta salad without these three ingredients. And he never met anyone who didn't love his pasta salad.


Are you ready to make this easy, creamy pasta salad? Let's go!

 

The Recipe


(Serves 6)


LFG Creamiest Pasta Salad

(1) 8 oz Box of Pieno Green Banana Rotini

2 Tbsp Sweet Onion (grated)

2 Celery Ribs (diced)

2/3 Cup Primal Kitchens Mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

1/4 teaspoon Ground Pepper

1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon Distilled White Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Raw Local Honey

1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley (chopped)

More Fresh Parsley for Garnish


Step 1: Boil Pasta

FILL a deep saucepan with water and bring to boil. POUR in pasta. BOIL for 4 minutes. DRAIN. RINSE with cold water. DUMP into a large bowl.


Step 2: Prepare Onions and Celery

PEEL a sweet onion. CUT OFF one end so you have a flat side to grate. With a box grater, coarsely GRATE enough onion to measure 2 tablespoons. DICE celery ribs . ADD grated onion and diced celery into the bowl with pasta.


Step 3: Make Secret Sauce

In a medium bowl, add mayonnaise, salt, pepper, garlic powder, vinegar, honey and chopped parsley. WHISK until very creamy.


Step 4: Fold in dressing and chill

SCRAPE dressing into the bowl with pasta. FOLD the dressing into the pasta until it's all nicely coated. COVER and CHILL for at least 4 hours or overnight. The longer the better as the flavors will intensify.


Before serving, be sure to garnish with fresh parsley. Take this pasta salad to your next barbecue and watch it disappear. ENJOY!

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