Creamy Italian Skroodle Salad


We love pasta at our house.  You can usually find it on our dinner plates at least once a week in some variety or another.  I love that you could mix almost anything with pasta and it would be delicious.

Creamy Italian Skroodle Salad recipe at

Lately I’ve been trying to make sure I eat lunch.  For some reason when I work at home, I tend to skip lunch, usually because I don’t want to stop and make something.

Last week I remembered a creamy pasta salad my mom used to make all the time after Thanksgiving with left over turkey. It was a family favorite I hadn’t thought about in years.  I knew if I had a big bowl of flavorful pasta salad sitting in my fridge, I’d have no trouble grabbing a bowl full for lunch. 

This is a creamy tangy pasta salad,  thanks to the centerpiece of the recipe, Marzetti’s Sweet Italian Dressing.  The dressing creeps inside every rotini noodle, so each bite is delicious.  It features a medley of chopped cucumber, celery and green onion, combined with black olives and a cup or two of chicken or turkey (your choice).   It makes a unique, mouthwatering dish that you are sure to love.

Creamy Italian Skroodle Salad recipe at

Tip: For pasta that is going to be served cold or room temperature

1. Cook pasta in heavily salted water. Pasta for a cool pasta salad should be well-seasoned while it cooks, use 4 tablespoons of salt per 4 quarts of water.
Cook it just a little beyond al dente, so that the pasta stays soft when it cools. Let pasta cook for an extra minute than what you normally would for al dente. Then run the drained pasta under cool water to stop the cooking.
3. Dress warm pasta. The dressing will coat the pasta better if placed over warm pasta, rather than cold.

It can be enjoyed as or main dish or sans the meat and serve as a side dish. This pasta salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks, parties, or everyday eating—-like lunch! Enjoy!

Creamy Italian Skroodle Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Creamy Italian Skroodle Salad

This pasta salad can be enjoyed as or main dish or sans the meat and serve as a side dish. It's perfect for picnics, potlucks, parties, or everyday eating.


  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 1 cup Marzetti Sweet Italian Dressing
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 cups cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked turkey or chicken
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • sprinkle with paprika, optional


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Heavily salt the water and stir in the pasta. Cook one minute past al dente. Rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking chop vegetables.
  3. In a large bowl, combine warm pasta with all other ingredients, stir until well combined.
  4. Serve room temperature or chilled.

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So tell me………do you eat lunch every day?  If so, what’s your favorite “go to” lunch?

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by by T. Marzetti Company as part of a compensated partnership.  All views and opinions are my own.


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  1. I’m the same way… I tend to eat at weird hours when I’m at home. This looks pretty darn good though!

  2. What a great looking salad – I’ve never heard of Skroodle salad, but I think I like it!

  3. Such a fabulous pasta salad Cheryl!

  4. sounds wonderful, cheryl!

    i love any kind of pasta salad!

  5. Why do you call it skroodle salad? I love the name, it’s cute! 😉

  6. Cheryl,
    This looks delicious and not the typical pasta salad. My husband (who gets bored with food easily) would love for me to try this recipe.

  7. Love pasta salads! I tend to skip lunch too, which leads to never-ending snacking!!

  8. I find it harder to remember to eat lunch (or eat a good lunch) now that I work from home too. You’d think it would be the opposite! Pasta salad is always a good option though! 🙂

  9. Love the name of this salad…”skroodle”! It sounds delicious, too – I’ve always liked the Marzetti salad dressings.

  10. Looks like dinner to me! Great recipe Cheryl. 🙂

  11. I usually eat a Lean Cuisine or a PB&J. Looks good!

  12. Six tabelspoons of lemon juice sounds like a lot … it that correct? Also do you use fresh or bottled lemon?

    • Yes, 6 Tablespoons of lemon juice is correct – it’s going into a whole pound of cooked pasta with 2 cups of meat and a few cups of vegetables – so it’s not really that much at all. You can use real, I used the bottle of Real Lemon because that’s all I had on hand. Enjoy!

  13. I try to eat lunch every day which is either leftovers or sandwhich (usually chicken salad)

  14. I love the name Cheryl! What a fun, easy pasta salad.

  15. Both my grand-daughters love pasta. They’d enjoy this salad and the fun name.

  16. That salad looks wonderful! I have not tried that dressing yet! Your recipe looks simple and tasty – right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Pasta salads eaten right out of the container, while standing in the fridge (close!) do not count! That is why , pasta salads are one of my favorite. That, and you get to say, “I had salad for dinner, lunch, and breakfast!” You sound so amazingly fit and devoted to your diet.

  18. This recipe sounds so good…can hardly wait to make it. We eat pasta at least once a week also and it will be wonderful having a new recipe. Also, I want to say think you for making it so easy for me to have an immediate copy of your recipes though ZipList. I have the app on my iPad so, as I’m reading your blog, I can immediately download the recipe to my ZipList Recipe Box. So easy! Thank you Cheryl!

  19. I don’t always eat a proper meal when I’m alone either unless I’ve prepared something ahead of time that I can easily grab.

  20. This looks really good, Cheryl! I am SO guilty of skipping lunch ( and many meals) every day because I am so busy. Will have to try this!
    Thanks so much, Claire

  21. Love the name of this salad! Looks great too!

  22. I have a really hard time remembering to eat lunch when I am working too! Great idea to make a big pasta salad to have on hand for lunches.

  23. any recipe with the word “scroodle” in it, gets me curious! pasta salad is always a winner!

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  25. There are few blogs for men where you could find something as delicious as this recipe. Of course, a big slice of meat is also great, but you can’t eat it everyday. I’ll give this salad a try with a few basil leaves. Thank you for these creative ideas Cheryl.

  26. Yum, I’m such a sucker for pasta salad. I do each lunch every day, but lately I seem to be scrambling & picking…not good. I’ve been trying to make a big pot of soup to last me through lunches, pasta salad is another great idea!

    I’ve never seen that dressing, will look for it. This looks great Cheryl!

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