You sit in one of two camps when it comes to pasta salad:
It is the precursor to grain salads: a portable, good-at-room-temp lunch and picnic essential. Where would we be without it?
It is to the picnic spread what Brie is to the cheese plate: Everyone likes it—at least good versions of it—all the while aware that its glimmer shined brighter at another time, that time being the 80s.
For those of you in Camp 2, the 20 salads to come are much more interesting than the mushy tri-colored stuff you’re thinking of: These have flair, from thoughtful dressings and cool pasta shapes to add-ins that suit.
Tell us about a pasta salad you love passionately and unabashedly in the comments below.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).