Build Your Own Pasta Salad Bar

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Use this guide when building your pasta salad bar. The ingredients can easily doubled to feed a larger crowd.



  • 12 lbs pasta of choice
  • 12 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup meat or shrimp
  • 68 oz cheese
  • 4 cups vegetables
  • 1/31/2 cup vinaigrette (pesto, or salad dressing)
  • 2 tbsp to 1/4cup fresh herbs
  • Salt/pepper (if desired)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions making sure to not overcook.
  2. Drain, rinse with cold water then toss with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Offer meat, cheese, and vegetables in individual containers.
  4. Mix together a favorite vinaigrette to serve alongside pasta salad bar or use a prepared dressing or pesto.
  5. Provide fresh herbs, salt, pepper and other desired seasoning for garnish.