Shelly’s Pasta Salad

Labor Day is right around the corner. This means summer is coming to an end and school has begun and so have our normal routines. Labor Day calls for one last hurrah and a reason to fire up the grill and gather the family around the pool. We often celebrate with extended family and that means everyone is expecting Shelly’s Pasta Salad.

Shelly's Pasta SaladShelly’s Pasta Salad is a delicious & simple angel hair pasta with a light marinade (dressing) and bright fresh veggies. 

First, I must tell you all who Shelly is. Shelly is my sister Lauren’s mother in law. So that makes her family. Us southerner’s kind of just do that, whether ya like it or not! I have to say I always felt I had the best in law’s in the entire world. But my sister got lucky too! Being blessed with family that loves us beyond measure is so wonderful.

Now we feel Shelly’s Pasta Salad is a one of her best qualities! Ha Ha – not really, she is the greatest and oh so sweet, but we really like it a lot (In my best Jim Carey accent). Everyone loves it and it is gobbled up! Even Drew (my son) eats this and he doesn’t like green peppers, olives, or onions. Yes, it is that good!! And when we gather, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas, this dish seems to find its way on the tablealways!

It really is easy to make, but oh so tasty. According to her strict instructions this is a 3-day process (That’s the secret). Since I was making this in “Blog time”, I cheated and made it all in one day. It turned out “almost” as good as Shelly’s, but the second day it tasted just like hers – shhhh don’t tell her I cheated – wink wink. 

What’s in this ALWAYS requested Pasta Salad you ask?
  • Angel Hair Pasta
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Red & Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Black Olives
  • Celery

What do you do on day 1

  • Mix the Marinade (Dressing)
  • Boil & Drain Water from the Pasta
  • Put Pasta in large air tight container with lid. Pour on marinade and shake. 
  • Refrigerate
  • Every once in a while, shake it again

Shelly's Pasta Salad Marinade

What to do on Day 2
  • Add all the veggies
  • Shake 
  • Then Shake every once in a while for good measure and taste

 Shelly's Pasta Salad Veggies

Shelly says don’t forget the shaking 

 Finally Day 3 
  • Eat it all up

Shelly's Pasta Salad

This pasta is so versatile and is perfect with a variety of menus, GOTTA LOVE THAT. You may just find it debuting on many of your menus too!

Speaking of menus – To start off Labor Day we are adding a little Red, White & Blue to our table with an American Flag Dip. Also being served is Honey Chipotle BBQ Wings, a big Chopped Greek Salad with Greek Potato Salad and something amazing from my Sunday Supper friends! Make sure you scroll on down and find all the deliciousness!

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Shelly's Pasta Salad

Shelly's Pasta Salad

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Soulfully Made - Shelly Smith's


Marinade (Dressing)

  • 2 tbsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 6.5 ounce cans black olives, sliced (I used 1 & 1/2- 3.8 ounce & topped with remaining for garnish)
  • 3/4 cups red onion, diced (I used 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup celery, diced


Marinate Pasta in Dressing - Shelly's Instructions make 2 Days before Serving

  1. Mix up pasta marinade (dressing).

  2. Cook Pasta according to package to al dente (do not add salt to water) and drain. Do NOT rinse. Pour immediately in an air tight bowl with lid. Pour on marinade (dressing), toss to mix up and coat pasta. Refrigerate over night. Every once in a while give the bowl a shake to coat pasta.

Pasta Salad - Shelly's Instructions make 1 Day before Serving

  1. Add celery, onion, red & green bell peppers,& olives. Shake in bowl.  Refrigerate Overnight. Every once in a while give the bowl a shake to coat pasta. 

  2. Toss before serving and garnish as desired.

Recipe Notes

I made the pasta marinade in the morning the day before serving. Refrigerated for 2 hours. Added veggies, shook it up. Back into refrigerator. Shaking periodically when I thought about it. Then tasted early that evening. It was wonderful. Even better the next day. 


If you are crunched for time, it is still very good the day of. But this is a great make ahead pasta - Just like Shelly Makes it is the BEST! Super easy and light! Out family can't get enough of it!

 You will also find it over at my favorite link ups Meal Plan Monday’s and Weekend Pot Luck along with other great recipes.

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