Layered Pasta Salad

Layered Pasta Salad

Elevate your summer gatherings with this delightful Layered Pasta Salad. Perfect for BBQs, picnics, or any party, this salad boasts vibrant layers of pasta, crisp vegetables, savory ham, and a tangy dressing that will leave your taste buds singing. Prepare it ahead of time and enjoy the convenience of having a delicious dish ready to impress your guests.



  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • 3 cups cooked macaroni, drained
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup thawed frozen green peas
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1/8 cup black olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cheddar cheese

Layered Pasta Salad


  1. Prepare the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
  2. Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large trifle bowl or glass dish, begin layering the salad ingredients. Start with a base of chopped romaine lettuce, followed by cooked and drained macaroni.
    • Add diced red bell pepper, red onion, thawed green peas, chopped celery, and diced ham on top of the pasta layer.
    • Sprinkle black olives and crumbled cheddar cheese over the salad ingredients.
    • Pour the prepared dressing evenly over the layered salad, ensuring all ingredients are well coated.
  3. Chill and Serve:
    • Cover the salad tightly with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 5 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
    • Just before serving, give the salad a gentle toss to distribute the dressing evenly.
    • Serve chilled and enjoy the refreshing layers of flavors!

With its colorful layers and zesty dressing, this Layered Pasta Salad is sure to be a hit at your next summer gathering. Whether served as a side dish or a light meal on its own, it's a versatile and delicious option that will please both family and friends. Prepare it ahead of time to streamline your party preparations and savor the taste of summer in every bite.

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