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Giada's Creamy Pasta Salad

For this creamy pasta salad, I turned to classic flavors that you might find in a traditional potato salad, or even an old-school macaroni salad. I love the creamy element, and all of the fresh herbs that give it a refreshing brightness. I made it feel a little more Italian with finely diced fennel and capers, which bump up the flavor another notch. This creamy pasta salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks, or even a tasty dish to meal-prep at the beginning of the week for summery lunches!

To round out a perfect potluck meal, serve this alongside my rosemary garlic chicken burgers and caprese salad!

Creamy pasta salad

Creamy Pasta Salad


pasta salad Side Dish

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup drained cornichons (chopped)
  • 1 small fennel (chopped fine)
  • 1/2 cup mixed chopped herbs such as tarragon (basil and dill, roughly chopped)
  • 4 small inner stalks celery and the leaves (chopped fine)
  • 1/4 cup drained capers (chopped)
  • 1 pound short pasta such as strozzapreti (fusilli or elbow, cooked and cooled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar and honey. Stir in the cornichons, fennel, herbs, celery and capers until combined. Add the cooked and cooled pasta and salt and toss until well coated.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
48 grams
10 grams
12 grams
Saturated Fat
2 grams
7 milligrams
505 milligrams
3 grams
5 grams

1 comment

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    Kathy Urbano

    Love the herbaceous flavor here combined with the fennel. Also the acid from the capers! Good textures as well with the fennel and the celery. The only thing I changed was I used veganaise! Love this thank you.

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