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Swim Meet Pasta Salad Recipe

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This classic, tasty swim meet pasta salad recipe makes enough to feed a large crowd! Great for your next swim meet – or any potluck, BBQ, party, or your next gathering.

This swimmer pasta makes a huge amount to feed about 20 people – perfect for the whole swim team, or just a week of meal prep for a hungry athlete!  

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Getting a big bowl of pasta salad was always my favorite part of swim meets! It was always such a amazing carb-loading treat before or between races.

To this day, I still love pasta salad so much – and can definitely thank this recipe. This recipe is from an old print out back in my swimming days at a year-round Swim Club. Thankfully my mom saved the recipe, so below is the original in all it’s swimming glory.

This Swim Meet Pasta Salad Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Satisfying
  • Loaded with Vegetables
  • A Classic Staple of Swim Meets
  • Perfect for carb-loading and quick energy
  • Vegetarian and can easily be made gluten free
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Great Food for Swimmers

I used to swim year-round when I was a kid – from about age 7 to 18 I was a competitive swimmer and always loved going to swim meets. My events were butterfly and IM (individual medley which is ALL of the strokes in the same race), which are some of the hardest events… so I always grabbed a bowl of pasta salad to carb load before my races. 

I have such fond memories of being in the bullpen with my friends and teammates before our events, and enjoying swim meet snacks galore.

What’s In This Swim Team Pasta Salad Recipe?

See the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Tri Colored Rotini – I love classic tricolored rotini for color and flavor!  You can also use a gluten free rotini for a GF version, if needed.
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Black Olives – I like a classic canned black olives to add to pasta salads!
  • Green Onions
  • Green Peppers
  • Wishbone Italian dressing – the recipe was specific in using this dressing only!  Normally, I love making my own vinaigrette for pasta salads… but why mess with a classic recipe?
  • Giant Aluminum Foil Pans – I remember the pasta salad was always served in these giant aluminum foil trays at the concession stand at swim meets.  These pans are great because they have a lid for traveling!
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Meal Prep Swim Meet Snacks For the Win!

This swim meet pasta salad is the perfect recipe for homemade meal prep.   I love the convenience of cooking once and being able to enjoy homemade meals during the week when I don’t have time – especially when running between swim practices.

There’s a whole section of TheHerbeevore.com dedicated to my favorite tried & true meal prep recipes.  With just a little planning and prep, you can have a week’s worth of pasta salad ready in the time it would take to make one portion.  Just batch cook, divide into individual containers, and place in the fridge for later! 

Dietary Modifications for this Swim Meet Pasta Recipe!

  • This recipe is vegetarian. The Wishbone Italian dressing does have cheese, so to make this a vegan version, you can swap a vinaigrette that does not have cheese or dairy.
  • To make this recipe gluten free, use a gluten free rotini pasta, and ensure the dressing is also certified gluten free.

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Swim Meet Pasta Salad

Kelly Jensen
This delicious and classic swim meet pasta salad recipe makes enough to feed a large crowd! Great for a potluck, BBQ, party, or your next gathering. This swimmer pasta makes a huge amount to feed about 20 people – perfect for the whole swim team, or just a week of meal prep for a hungry athlete!  
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 24 servings
Calories 192 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Cook rotini according to package instructions, making sure it is “al dente”- drain and rinse in cold water.
  • Mix rotini with broccoli, carrots, olives, green onions, and peppers in a large bowl.
  • Add about 1.5 cups of dressing and stir, adding more dressing later as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 487mgPotassium: 187mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2892IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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