Round white serving dish with creamy pasta salad with cucumbers and tomatoes.

Creamy Garlic Pasta Salad Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This creamy pasta salad has a flavorful dressing with both fresh and minced garlic that is always a hit and pairs perfectly with the veggies mixed in.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise*
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. After draining the pasta, return it to the pot and fill the pot with cold tap water. Drain the pasta and then repeat with more cold water to fully cool the pasta down. Drain well. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, minced garlic, salt, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, pepper, mustard powder, lemon juice, and vegetable oil.
  3. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the pasta along with the tomatoes, cucumber, and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Stir until pasta is evenly coated. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

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*Caesar salad dressing can be used in place of the homemade dressing in this recipe. First, add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to 2 and 1/2 cups of the bottled dressing and stir it well. Then use it in Step #3 instead of the mayonnaise mixture. And to be clear, you’re using the bottled dressing instead of the mayo, sour cream, minced garlic, salt, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, mustard powder, lemon juice, and vegetable oil. After adding the dressing to the pasta, taste some pasta and add more salt and pepper, if desired.