Monday, March 18, 2013

Pasta Salad (with 1000 island dressing)

Rajma Masala
Pasta recipes are always a hit in this space and my family loves new varieties with pasta so I grab those opportunities. I wanted to make a simple Pasta Salad and when I was browsing for dressing recipes this 1000 island dressing from a cookbook caught my eye , it is very simple and the ingredients were already there in my pantry. Are you like me want to know the name origin of 1000 islands dressing? Source : Wikipedia. The name presumably comes from the Thousand Islands between the United States and Canada in the St. Lawrence River. In the Thousand Islands area, one common version of the dressing's origins says that a fishing guide's wife, Sophia LaLonde, made the condiment as part of her husband George's shore dinner.Often in this version, actress May Irwin requested the recipe after enjoying it.

And Its been 4yrs since I started Sharmis Passions!! The journey was totally enjoyable and it has been a great learning curve in both aspects of cooking and food photography.

Thank you so much to each and everyone of you for the enormous support you have given me all these years. Stepping into the 5th year expecting the same support , encouragement and wishes! :))
Rajma Masala Recipe

Pasta Salad Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes : 12 cookies
Recipe Category: Salad | Recipe Cuisine: World

Pasta - 1/2 cup
Olive oil - 1 tsp chopped
Onion - 1 tbsp chopped
Carrot - 1.5 tbsp chopped
Capsicum - 1 tbsp

For 1000 island dressing:

Yogurt / Mayonnaise - 1/2 cup
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tbsp
Freshly ground black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Green Chilli paste - 1/4 tsp(optional)
Salt - to taste


  1. Boil water and add pasta along with required salt and oil.Drain water and keep the pasta aside.Powder mustard seeds to a semi fine powder - I used my hand mortar and pestle.
    How to make rajma masala - Step1
  2. Chop the veggies into lengthwise strips.Mix them with little salt and keep aside.In a mixing bowl - add yogurt,mustard powder.
    How to make rajma masala - Step2
  3. Then add freshly ground pepper powder and chilli paste.Add the pasta, veggies, salt to taste and give a quick stir.
    How to make rajma masala - Step3
Serve immediately.
Punjabi Rajma Masala

My Notes:

  • The original recipe uses mayonnaise, I wanted to make it lowfat so used thick yogurt.Also I didnt want to get a pack of mayonnaise just for this sake as I am not a fan of it.
  • There are a lot of variations - You can either use pasta, or even any type of legumes like chickpeas, red kidney bean etc along with veggies.
  • You can even make the dressing the previous day and refrigerate it and while serving just toss the other ingredients. Always serve immediately once the salad is prepared to maintain the crunchness of the veggies.
  • If you prefer more on the sweeter side then add more tomato sauce. The orginal recipe called for kosher salt, I skipped it and used normal salt.
Rajma Masala Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. lovely one :) u were one of my inspiration i started my blog :) long way to go sharmi :) congrats :)

  2. Wow....colorful & delicious salad......

  3. delicious pasta salad.. and congrats!

  4. Hello,

    It good to hear you have completed 4years and wishing you for many more years.
    I always adore your pics, lovely.

    Have a great week ahead!

  5. Super yummy salad, love to have the entire bowl

  6. Happy birthday sharmispassions!

  7. Looks super delicious.
    COngrats for the wonderful journey of 4 years.

  8. I have heard about this but never seen or tasted. looks super yummy. Bookmarked !

  9. whee!! i love this version using yogurt!! thousand island dressing is super addictive *_*

  10. Congrats for completing four years..yummy salad

  11. Congrats Sharmi,keep on rocking,happy blog anniversary dear.

    Pasta salad is one of my kiddo's favourite, that 1000island dressing sounds awesome.

  12. Perfect salad and wishes for years to go :)

  13. Yum! That pasta salad looks yummy!


  14. my fav..pasta looks so creamy and yummy

  15. Thousand island dressing is a fav here too..Looks so perfect & yumm Sharmi!!!And congrats on completing 4 successful yrs of bloggging, wish u luck for many more such wonderful yrs..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  16. Heartiest Congratulation sharmi... U inspire everyone to cook better.

  17. I love pasta recipes too but that doesn't attract TH so make once in a while. BTW best wishes for the wonderful journey and wish you to move up further and further...

  18. Looks rich and colourful! Wish I have that whole bowl!

  19. Oh..again its pasta surely will try it..

  20. Congrats on your 4th blog anniversary !! Pasta looks super good !!

  21. Pasta salad looks tempting and love the recipe of 1000 island dressing using yogurt.Congrats on completing 4 years of blogging.Your posts are lovely and inspiring.

  22. I tried this and it was too good! I've made the same salad before with store-bought thousand island dressing. I was skeptical whether the dressing with yogurt would taste the same, but it really matched that taste :) I used mustard sauce(readymade) instead of mustard powder. I also added some zucchini and olives in the salad. It was so yummmmm :)

  23. Great recipe and nice work on the photographs composition - I think you missed mentioning adding tomato sauce in point #2 :)

  24. This is my all time favorite dressing. Tried immediately with a spoonful yogurt, it tastes perfect :)
    Thank you. I dint know the dressing of 1000 island was so simple :p

  25. Hey Sharmi, Can I pack this one for lunch ? will it turn sticky by the time we have it ?

    1. It may turn dry, may be you can pack milk and add it while eating


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