[Recipe + Video] Ensalada de Coditos (Elbow Pasta Salad)
Ensalada de Coditos (Pasta Salad) is easy to prepare, and everybody's favorite. This delicious dish is a perfect choice for BBQ or Christmas dinner.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword classic macaroni salad, dominican ensalada de coditos, dominican macaroni, macaroni salad with peas, simple macaroni salad
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 35minutes
Author Clara Gonzalez
½lbof macaroni(or similar short pasta) [0.23 kg]
1½teaspoonof salt(or more, to taste), divided
1large carrotdiced and boiled
1bell pepper diced into small cubes
1medium red onionminced
½cupsweet peas(from a can, see notes)
1cupof sweet corn(from a can, see notes)
½lbyork ham[0.23 kg] diced into small cubes (optional, see notes)
1teaspoonof sweet paprika(optional)
2tablespoonsof olive oil
1teaspoonof dijon mustard
4tablespoonsof rice vinegar
Boiling the pasta: Heat ½ gal [2 liters] of water over medium-high heat in a pot til it reaches a rolling boil, add a teaspoon of salt. Cook the pasta a minute longer than instructed in the package to get pasta that is slightly softer than al-dente. Stir regularly to prevent it from sticking.Drain water, and let pasta cool to room temperature.
Mixing salad: In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, carrots, pepper, onion, peas, corn and ham.
Adding dressing: Add mayo and paprika and stir to combine. If you want to add vegan dressing instead, whisk the vinegar into the olive oil, in a separate bowl, followed by the mustard and pepper. Then combine this with the salad and season with salt if needed.
Serving: Serve at room temperature, or cover and chill if it will be served later. Best served within 6 hours.
Usually prepared with macaroni, you can use another type of short pasta for this dish.Leave ham out for a vegan salad. For a tuna pasta salad, you can switch the ham by a can of tuna in water, drained.You can use blanched frozen veggie mix for an easy, quick pasta salad. That is actually my preferred one, as flashed-frozen veggies (thawed, of course) are more nutritional than canned veggies.Ensalada de coditos goes better with barbecued meats or as a hearty entree, or to bring to a paseo. It is also a popular option for Christmas Eve dinner.Nutritional info calculated with the traditional mayo dressing.