Colorado Pasta Salad

26 Aug
Colorado Pasta Salad

Colorado Pasta Salad

Just in time for Labor Day weekend, I am going to share a recipe for my family’s favorite and my go-to; Colorado Pasta Salad.

I first tried this salad sometime in the late 1980’s. My parents had gone to Denver over the summer to see my maternal Aunt and her family. One of my cousins made this as a side dish to go with our dinner.  It was delicious. We all loved it, and I can remember my father raving about how good it was. He was not generally a pasta salad kind of guy and as the Food Editor of the local newspaper, he had discerning tastes. My father later found the recipe in a cookbook from Colorado, which he thought intriguing since that is where we first had it. In our house, we still call it “Heidi’s Pasta Salad”, but you can call it by its formal name, Colorado Pasta Salad.

I sincerely hope everyone enjoys this pasta salad as much as my family does. The flavor combination is delicious.

Colorado Pasta Salad

  • 1 12- ounce package of Rotini
  • 2 cups seedless grapes (halved)
  • 3 of 4 green onions (chopped)
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese (in small cubes)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  1. Cook Rotini according to package directions. Rinse to cool.  

  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat noodles and combine thoroughly.

  3. Serve cold.

Some substitutions can be made: black olives in place of the grapes; blue cheese in place of cheddar. I much prefer the grapes to the olives.




Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Recipe


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2 responses to “Colorado Pasta Salad

  1. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    August 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    At first the grapes seem really out of place, but I love grapes, and I love grapes and cheese, and I love cheese and pasta, and green onions and mayo… I may have to try this! 🙂

    Gotta Pin this one!

    • ortsofsorts

      August 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Oh, Thanks! You’ll have to let me know when you try it! My girls actually beg for this…


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