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Instant Pot Pasta Salad Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot pasta salad is my go-to for a quick, refreshing meal. Bursting with fresh veggies, tangy feta, and a zesty Italian dressing, it's a crowd-pleaser every time!

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Here's a little gem I found: instant pot pasta salad. I love the burst of flavors in every forkful, from sweet cherry tomatoes to crunchy cucumbers, sharp red onions, tangy olives, and crumbly feta cheese. All doused in a beautiful Italian dressing. Simple to whip up in the instant pot, this refreshing salad easily becomes the star of any table. One bite and I guarantee you'd want to make it again. Don't just take my word for it, give it a shot!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pasta Salad

  • Pasta: Essential base of the salad, provides carbs and texture, absorbs flavors well, hearty and satisfying.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Adds freshness and sweetness, bursts of flavor, colorful addition, juicy and vibrant, complements other ingredients well.
  • Cucumber: Refreshing crunch, hydrating element, light and crisp, balances flavors, adds a cool contrast to the dish.
  • Red onion: Sharp flavor, adds a bite, provides a pop of color, enhances the overall taste, a zesty addition.
  • Black olives: Briny and savory, adds depth of flavor, unique taste, pairs well with feta cheese, a Mediterranean touch.
  • Feta cheese: Creamy and tangy, salty kick, rich flavor, crumbly texture, a classic addition to pasta salad.
  • Italian dressing: Infuses the salad with flavor, tangy and herby, ties all ingredients together, convenient and adds a zesty kick.

Essential Tools for Making This Pasta Salad

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up pasta cooking, saving time and effort.
  • Strainer: Essential for draining cooked pasta efficiently.
  • Large bowl: Provides space for mixing pasta salad ingredients thoroughly.
  • Cutting board: Ideal surface for chopping vegetables like cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.
  • Knife: Needed for cutting ingredients like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions.
  • Measuring cup: Ensures accurate measurement of pasta and other ingredients.
  • Spatula: Helps in tossing the pasta salad with dressing evenly.
  • Salt and pepper shakers: Seasoning tools for adding flavor to the pasta salad.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta in the Instant Pot according to the manual.
  2. Once cooked, release the pressure and drain the pasta. Let it cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, black olives, and feta cheese.
  4. Pour Italian dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve chilled.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 250 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 7 g | Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 10 mg | Sodium: 400 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 4 g | Calcium: 100 mg | Potassium: 250 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 150 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Tips for Making Instant Pot Pasta Salad in Advance

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the pasta salad as directed in the recipe.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before serving.

Freezing Instructions

  • It is not recommended to freeze this pasta salad as the texture of the ingredients may change when thawed.

One unique twist you can add to this instant pot pasta salad recipe is to use sun-dried tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes for a more intense flavor profile. It adds a delicious depth to the dish that will surprise your taste buds.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Pasta Salad Recipe

FAQ:
Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe?
Yes, you can use any type of pasta you prefer. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
How long can I store this pasta salad in the refrigerator?
You can store this pasta salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can I make this pasta salad ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this pasta salad ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Is there a substitute for feta cheese in this recipe?
You can substitute feta cheese with goat cheese, mozzarella, or any other cheese you prefer.
Can I add other vegetables to this pasta salad?
Absolutely! Feel free to add your favorite vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, or spinach to customize this salad to your liking.

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