7 Layer Pasta Salad
- prep time20 min
- total time 30 min
- serves 8
Layer broccoli, farfalle, ham, cheese, lettuce, and herbs to make this delicious pasta salad that would be perfect as a side or main dish.
8 ounces farfalle (about 4 cups)
2 stalks broccoli, cut into florets
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
¼ cup plus 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Freshly ground pepper
2 avocados, diced
1 12-ounce piece deli ham, diced (about 2 cups)
8 ounces yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
1 small head romaine lettuce, sliced
2 tomatoes, diced
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 2 minutes less than the label directs), adding the broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and broccoli and rinse under cool water; shake off the excess. Remove the broccoli and pat dry.
2. Whisk the mayonnaise, buttermilk, 1/4 cup chives, the parsley, half of the lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Toss the pasta and a few tablespoons of the dressing in a medium bowl.
3. Assemble the salad: Toss the avocados with the remaining lime juice in a large glass serving bowl and season with salt; arrange in an even layer. Top with layers of the ham, broccoli, pasta, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle some of the remaining dressing on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives, or cover and refrigerate the salad and dressing separately up to 6 hours. (Bring to room temperature before serving.)
Photograph by Yunhee Kim
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine