Throughout Dubai, there is a rich variety of restaurants one can visit or order from regardless of what you fancy. These restaurants range all the way from hearty Italians to health-conscious salad bars – but what if you want to mix the two extremes? Not only for your own dinner but for a party you're throwing yourself? After all, pasta salads are a great addition to any party spread!
1. Pasta Mix, Salad Station
At Salad Station, there are plenty of dishes to choose from, but for your party spread, we highly recommend the pasta mix. With fusilli pasta starring as the base for the salad, this dish is complemented by mixed greens, mushrooms, sweet peppers, red onion, sweet corn, black olives, parmesan cheese and a light lemon mayo dressing. Needless to say, the variety of tastes this pasta salad has to offer will add a lot of flavour to your spread.
Where: Salad Station, Dubai World Trade Centre
2. The Athena, Barsalata
At Barsalata, the chefs aim to blend Eastern and Western spices and ingredients to create the best salads in all of Dubai. Every dish is entirely unique, right down to the dressings that are shaken, stirred and spiced into 16 different variations. In The Athena cucumber, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onion, capsicum, feta cheese and fresh oregano all come together over a base of whole wheat pasta.
Where: Barsalata, Downtown Dubai
3. Pasta Arrabbiata, Vicolo Italian Street Food
Usually, it would be hard to consider pasta arrabbiata a pasta salad – especially if the particular dish comes with a lot of that delicious zingy sauce. However, over at Vicolo Italian Street Food, the chefs have decided to add so many tasty, fresh ingredients that it is basically a pasta salad. Instead of soaking the penne pasta in sauce, they've added tomatoes, peppers and springs of parsley, and that doesn't even include the additions you can make yourself.
Where: Vicolo Italian Street Food, Business Bay Dubai
4. Chicken Pasta, Joga
At Salad Boutique, there's a wide variety of dishes available – including absolutely amazing sounding salads. There's green quinoa, rosemary chicken salad and our favourite pick: chicken pasta. The latter has romaine lettuce, lemon, feta cheese, black olives, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot and sun-dried tomatoes. Strangely, they don't specify which pasta they use in their pasta salad but whatever it is we're sure it is very tasty.
Where: Joga, DIFC Dubai
5. Pastuna Salad, Man'oushe Street
Whether you fancy pizza, bureks, wraps, manakeesh or desserts for your party spread, Man'oushe Street has it all, including a Valley Salads range. One of these dishes is patsuna salad made with fusilli pasta as well as tuna, lettuce sweetcorn, fresh mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and olives. The best bit may well be the dressing though, which is a gorgeous, creamy lemon dressing.
Where: Man'oushe Street, Downtown Dubai
For more pasta salad options, make sure you visit Deliveroo to find the perfect dish for you and your guests.