Coleslaw Pasta Salad

Need a new salad for your next summer outing? Try out this fun recipe!

It’s perfect for block parties, barbecues or just a family get together. I took this to a family reunion recently … it was a breeze to make and different than regular coleslaw or pasta salad. It was a fun combination of the two and tasted so good. I love salads at parties. I usually fill my plate with a variety of salads and skip the meat, so I’m in love with this recipe!

The best part of this is that I did all the prep work for it the day before, packaged everything up and took it with me up to my sister’s house at Woods Crossing. Then I mixed it all together right before our family reunion potluck. I loved not having to spend time while I was with my family cooking. It took me less than 10 minutes to throw all this into a bowl and mix it up before we had to leave for the reunion. And it stays crisp and crunchy for at least 24 hours.

This recipe does make a huge amount of salad, so if you’re making it for a small gathering, you better cut the recipe by at least half.

Coleslaw Pasta Salad


Coleslaw Pasta Salad

1 16 oz box small pasta (can use any kind of small pasta)

1 16 oz packaged coleslaw mix

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 English cucumber, chopped

1 bell pepper (can use any color or combination)


3/4 cup Miracle Whip

3 Tbsp. mustard

1/3 cup sugar

pinch of pepper

1/2 cup milk (more or less depending on thickness desired)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, remembering to add salt. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let it sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. You want to make sure your pasta isn’t still dripping when you mix it together.
  2. Chop all vegetables.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, including the pasta and coleslaw mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing. Mix together well and then let the dressing set up for a while to see if it has reached its desired thickness. If you like runny dressing, you will want to add more milk, and if you like it thicker, then don’t add as much 🙂
  5. Add dressing to other ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour.

Feel free to dress this salad up more to meet the flavor needs of your guests or family members. You can add any vegetable, avocado, hard boiled eggs, sweet onion, black olives … whatever sounds good to you.

What’s your go-to salad for a summer gathering?


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