I usually think pasta salad's pretty pedestrian and boring, but I hadn't made it in a long time and we were on our way to a cookout. I found out at the last minute we were supposed to bring something and the wife picked up stuff for a pasta salad (with bad pre-made italian dressing and all).
I told her I wouldn't stand for it and made the dressing from scratch and put together something that was passable.
FYI, I used some oven dried tomatoes, cucumbers, grilled scallions/squash/zuchinni and made a simple balsamic vinegar with roasted off shallots/garlic and fine herbs.
It made me appreciate pasta salad again. I'd love suggestions on what else to put in pasta salad to make it more of a full meal, or ideas using the pasta salad concept. Sorry it's such a broad question, just curious as to what you all have going in your pasta salads.
I'm gonna throw some left-over tri-tip and mix in a little bit of chimichurri from last night's get-together in the left over pasta salad and go to town.