Collegiate Tailgate Pasta Salads

Take this to your tailgate party for a game day touchdown!


  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 orange pepper (Note: substitute pepper colors to match your team colors!)
  • 1 green pepper (or coordinating color for your team!)
  • 1 red onion
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive or vegetable oil


  1. Vinaigrette: Combine seasoning packet, ½ cup red wine vinegar, and ¼ cup olive or vegetable oil in glass bowl. Heat in microwave, stirring occasionally, until packet is dissolved, about 1 ½ minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Pasta: Cook pasta 6-8 minutes in GENTLY boiling water (salt optional). To achieve your school colors, food coloring was used, please note that the water may become slightly colored. Drain pasta in colander, rinse with cold water.
  3. Add Fresh Additions: Peel, seed, and dice cucumber, chop ½ orange and ½ green pepper, chop ½ red onion.
  4. Gently Toss: Pasta, vinaigrette, and veggies. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Easy to make a day ahead, just toss again before serving.
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