Cajun Pasta Salad

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Cajun Pasta Salad
Cajun Pasta Salad

Cajun Pasta Salad

Nothing spells Summer much more than a good outdoor BBQ.  And the best BBQ’s have amazing side dishes.   This Cajun Pasta Salad is one of our all-time favorites.  A slight kick to it, but really, so incredibly flavorful.   100% Loon Approved!

Watch how easy it is to make this awesome Cajun Pasta Salad!

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Cajun Pasta Salad
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This Cajun Pasta Salad is just so good! Really bursting with flavor. Just a little kick, but nothing too much. Perfect for a Summer BBQ!! Yum! If you make this ahead of time (say several hours early...add a little extra water, as it will thicken as it sits in the fridge).
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Cajun
Serves: 8 - 10
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoon good-quality olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup of shallots, finely minced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 & ½ cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce (ie, Tobasco, Crystals)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta and cook for 9 minutes, until tender.
  2. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and mix in 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, including the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water, to thin slightly.
  5. Adjust seasonings, to taste.
  6. Add the macaroni and mix.
  7. Top with chopped parsley.
  8. Serve and enjoy!



  • Reply March 1, 2016


    Did you really mean 2 T salt? I put 1 in and it seems too salty. I’m wondering if maybe it was supposed to be 2 t? Otherwise good but way too salty for me if it’s the way it’s supposed to be.

    • Reply March 4, 2016


      Hi Kat! Thanks for the note! I went and looked at my notes when I worked up this recipe. I played around with the salt levels. I tend to like pasta salad and potato salt a little on the salty side, but you’re right…2 T is a little off. I’d recommend 2 to 3 teaspoons. 1 lb of pasta feeds a lot of folks, so I felt it needed more than a pinch. I’ll update the recipe to adjust the salt to one’s own tastes. Thanks so much! Kris

  • Reply December 7, 2015


    After a recent trip to The Fresh Market that resulted in bringing home several pasta salads, I was suddenly inspired to make some of my own- so, I searched “pasta salad” on Pinterest and came across this recipe. I just made it and it’s SO GOOD. I love how it’s not “just” another pasta salad and has some interesting flavors to it. Definitely holding onto this recipe; thanks for sharing it!

    • Reply December 21, 2015

      The Loon

      Hi Nicole,

      This has become one of my favorites. I know I say this all the time but it’s true! Happy Holidays!

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