Cooking Pasta just right — Overcooked pasta will spoil the charm; therefore, make sure to cook the pasta just right. For the best texture, I usually cook Rotini pasta, which should be just a tad past al dente (but not mushy). It should be soft but still have firmness. If you are using whole-wheat pasta, make sure to cook it all the way, as the al dente whole-grain pasta doesn’t taste great.
Herbs for more flavor and color — Adding herbs to a healthy pasta salad is a great way to enhance its taste, texture, and nutritional value. Cilantro is added to this Pasta salad which takes it to another level. However, you can feel free to swap cilantro for fresh parsley, mint, or even fresh basil.
But before adding fresh herbs to the recipe, please make sure they are washed, dried, and chopped. Also, save some for the last as a garnish. The Pasta salad looks prettier and more flavorful when finished with fresh chopped herbs. Imagine the little pecks of green on a colorful pasta salad – mouth-watering, right?