Turkey, Apple, Cheddar Pasta Salad Shaker

Chef Katie Sutton, of Food and Drink Resources, developed several clever pasta shaker salads. They’re a perfect to-go meal that holds well. Assemble them ahead in dome-lidded parfait cups and let each customer add dressing and shake the ingredients to mix.

Turkey, Apple, Cheddar Pasta Salad featured at center of photo. 

1 1/2 pounds Barilla Rotini
8 cups diced honey crisp apples
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups cooked, chopped bacon
6 cups julienned roasted turkey
1 1/2 cups diced green onion
1 1/2 cups cider vinaigrette
  1. Cook the Barilla pasta for 1 minute less than the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.
  2. In each cup, layer 1/3 cup apples, 2 tablespoons cheese, 2 tablespoons bacon, 1/4 cup turkey, 1/2 cup pasta, and 1 tablespoon green onion. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Package 1-ounce containers of dressing on the side. Refrigerate with the salad shakers.