Pasta salad with Egg, Radishes and Mache’

Pasta salad with Egg Radishes and mache' by DinnerInVenice

Nothing in the kitchen spells summer and vacation for me the way cold rice and pasta dishes do. I grew up with no air conditioning in the kitchen and dining room: to survive the summer, we resorted to a an endless variety of dishes that can be served cold or at room temperature.

Pasta salads were always my  favorite (and I just wrote about them in my monthly column for The Jewish Week NY), because they can easily be packed and eaten outdoors. Meet me in Central Park!

Pasta salad with Egg and Radishes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

25 minutes

serves 4


  • 3/4 lb (or up to 1 lb if you are four hungry men!) pasta, "wheels" or half-rigatoni or other short pasta
  • 1 bunch radishes (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup lamb's lettuce or mache' salad, stems removed (or more to taste)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Cook the pasta "al dente" in a large pot of salted boiling water, according to instructions on the box. Drain, dress with 2 tbsp oil, and allow to cool.

Boil the eggs in cold water (cooking for about 7 minutes from the moment the water starts boiling).

In the meantime, slice the radishes very thinly (easier with a mandoline or food processor). Separate the lettuce leaves.

When the eggs are cooked, rinse them under cold running water, peel them and chop them coarsely.

Top the cold pasta with the eggs, the lettuce, the radishes, salt and pepper.

Emulsify the remaining oil with the lemon juice, salt and pepper, add to the pasta salad and toss. Enjoy!

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  1. So simple and so perfect! Such a terrific recipe to finish off summer…

  2. What a simple, yet elegant salad – perfect for this time of year. Your photography is truly lovely. Compliment!

  3. Love wagon wheels! And I love cold pasta & rice salads as well. I’d meet you in Central Park any day! Beautiful pics! 🙂

  4. Love simple and fresh summer salads. As always your pictures are stunning!

  5. Classy and elegant- delicious!

  6. Refreshing and light! Just delightful, and I do love radishes. Never thought to include them in pasta, so thanks!

  7. I love cold pasta dishes, this looks great!

  8. I love how you make this an accessible, outdoor, picnic dish.

  9. This looks like the perfect summer pasta salad! Love it!

  10. Ciao! Cold pasta and rice are the best in summer time. And I love them with a lot of vetegables.
    Your blog is really beautiful.
    Have a nice day.

  11. OK, I know I’m a food blogger but I have never heard of Lamb’s lettuce. I’m assuming this can be bought at a local whole foods?

    • Yes, it’s similar to mâché (which you can also use); not hard to find if you go to a farmers’ market or a more “gourmet” store like whole foods. In NYC, Trader Joe’s also has it.

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