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 recipe is one of our all-time favorites.


There is a slight kick to this pasta salad, but it’s a good kick!. The flavors compliment each other so well. You and your guests will keep coming back for mosr of the amazing Cajun Pasta Salad recipe!

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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!



  • Kris, i made your cajun pasta salad over labor day week-end . family & friends loved it. sooooooooo good. thanks for sharing a great recipe.

    • That is so great to hear, Helen!! That’s funny, we made it, too! It’s is definitely one of our favorite pasta salads. Thank you so much for letting us know!! xoxoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 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.

    • 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

  • 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!

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