Pasta Salad Seasoning: Elevate Your Pasta Salads with Homemade Seasoning

pasta salad seasoning
pasta salad seasoning

Discover the secret to top-notch pasta salads with our homemade pasta salad seasoning recipe. It makes a large batch to last you the whole summer!

Wondering what the perfect blend of flavors is that can make your pasta salad irresistible? Look no further than our pasta salad seasoning mix. At Takeout Food, we believe that the secret to an outstanding pasta salad lies in the unique mix of herbs and spices found in our homemade seasoning.

a wooden spoon in a jar of pasta salad seasoning mix

Salad Supreme Copycat Recipe

When it comes to adding zesty flavor to pasta salad, Italian dressing is a popular choice. However, to take it up a notch, try using our seasoning mix. We’ve gone beyond the simple sprinkle of salt and pepper and drizzle of Italian dressing. Our homemade seasoning mix is full of flavorful ingredients such as paprika, garlic powder, three types of seeds, and parmesan cheese.

For years, we’ve relied on store-bought options like McCormick’s Salad Supreme seasoning. But we found that these little bottles don’t last long for the amount of pasta salad we make each summer. That’s why we came up with our own version of the seasoning mix. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a big batch of seasoning to keep on hand in the fridge.


To create a well-rounded pasta salad seasoning, it’s important to have ingredients that contribute to the flavor profile. Our recipe includes:

  • Sesame Seeds (¼ cup): These tiny seeds bring a slight crunch and a rich, nutty flavor to the seasoning mix.
  • Paprika (2 ½ tablespoons): Paprika provides a smoky-sweet peppery flavor and adds a vibrant color to our mix.
  • Salt (2 tablespoons): Essential to any seasoning mix, salt works to enhance the other flavors.
  • Celery Seeds (1 ½ tablespoons): They add an earthy, slightly bitter taste.
  • Poppy Seeds (1 ½ tablespoons): These bring in a slight sweet and nutty flavor.
  • Garlic Powder (2 teaspoons): Garlic powder gives the pasta salad a familiar and comforting taste.
  • Black Pepper (2 teaspoons): A seasoning classic, black pepper adds a spicy kick.
  • Cayenne Pepper (1 teaspoon): For those who like a bit of heat, cayenne pepper adds a spicy zing.
  • Parmesan Cheese (1 cup): Parmesan cheese steals the show in this mix, pulling together all the flavors with its salty flavor.

ingredients for pasta salad seasoning on a table

How to Make Pasta Salad Seasoning

Making the seasoning mix couldn’t be easier. Simply add all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well to combine. Seal and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. That’s it!

salt over seasonings in a glass bowl
garlic, celery seed and poppy seed in a glass bowl
overhead view of a glass bowl of pasta salad seasoning

Using the Pasta Salad Seasoning

If you have your own favorite pasta salad recipe, simply use three tablespoons of this seasoning per one pound of pasta. But don’t limit yourself to just pasta salad! Our versatile seasoning can be used in various recipes:

  • Tossed with traditional Italian lettuce salad
  • In a chicken marinade (with Italian dressing)
  • Sprinkled over fried eggs for a delicious breakfast
  • In a sour cream/mayo dip
  • Sprinkled over popcorn
  • Added to butter, then spread on garlic bread
  • In a flavorful potato salad

pasta salad seasoning sprinkled over pasta salad

Storage Instructions

Store the seasoning mix in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 months.

You may also love our Greek pasta salad recipe.


1. Can I adjust the amount of salt in the seasoning mix?

Yes, you can adjust the amount of salt according to your preference. Feel free to add less or more salt to suit your taste.

2. Can I use a different type of cheese instead of parmesan in the seasoning mix?

While parmesan cheese adds a distinct salty flavor to the mix, you can experiment with other hard cheeses like pecorino or asiago if you prefer a different taste profile.

At Takeout Food, we’re passionate about celebrating the joy of food. Our homemade pasta salad seasoning mix is just one example of how we strive to enhance your culinary experience. We encourage you to explore our website for more culinary inspiration, recipes, and guides. Visit Takeout Food to embark on an exciting culinary journey.

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