Patriotic Pasta Salad

June 10, 2016 By:
1 hour
11 minutes
Particularly when kids are concerned, colors that are on their plates matter. Color can take a dish from dull to delightful. When you want to be patriotic in the food department, you can do it up even with a pasta dish and make it red, white and blue. It'€™s easy to figure out what to add for red and white (hello, tomatoes and cheese). Blue is a little trickier. I opted for sliced black olives (almost blue!) and white onions soaked in colored blue water. That way, I got the blue color I wanted without an excessive amount of brightly colored dye that I didn't want.



  1. Fill a dish with 2 cups of water. Add 5 drops of blue food coloring. Add a sliced white onion and allow it to soak for at least an hour. You can do this step the night before if you want a more intense blue color.
  2. In a large pot, boil salted water and make the pasta according to package directions, until still firm but tender to the bite.
  3. While the water is boiling, slice grape tomatoes in half.
  4. Drain the pasta but reserve about ¼ cup of pasta water to add back in. Cool the pasta. Then, in a large bowl, add the pasta and the pasta water. Add the Italian dressing and mix. Then mix in the tomatoes, cheese and olives.
  5. Once the onion has turned blue, drain the water and cut the onion sections into smaller strips or rings. Add the onions to the salad and fold them in.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.