Summer is in full swing…along with outdoor BBQ parties. This chilled, Mediterranean Pasta Salad is an easy way to satisfy a crowd at any warm-weather gathering. It has plenty of vegetables and is so versatile, you can keep adding ingredients as the summer garden grows.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
This refreshing recipe is where early, summer produce meets up with a few pantry ingredients to throw a party in a bowl. Right now, red and gold beets are abundant, and for this recipe, they’re boiled, peeled, and diced into 1/4” pieces. They add the perfect sweet flavor and crunchy texture to this salad. We’re also finishing the salad with fresh basil…it’s a real attention-getter.
Since our warm-weather, garden vegetables aren’t going off just yet, I like to use my favorite Mediterranean pantry ingredients to give this pasta salad a super-flavor and texture boost. So, I like to add marinated artichokes, non-pareil capers, and Kalamata olives. Later in the summer, you can add in your favorite fresh garden vegetables, like tomato and cucumber.
How far in advance can I make this recipe?
The best part about this pasta salad is that you can make it up to a few days in advance, just make sure you do the following:
- cold-rinse the noodles immediately after cooking, drain, cover, and chill until ready to use
- make the dressing, but keep it separate from other ingredients
- assemble the veggies, but keep them separate from other ingredients
- chop and add the basil just before serving (for optimal freshness)
So, basically you’re creating the salad components a few days in advance and tossing everything together a few hours ahead of your event. Or, feel free to make it the same day.
Keep Summer Fresh
Looking for a few more make-ahead, summer dishes? Here’s a Broccoli Bacon Grape Blue Cheese Salad that is the ultimate sweet and savory dish. Or grab this mayo-free, Dill Crazy! Potato Salad…another perfect complement to any savory bbq.
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Ingredients you’ll need to make Mediterranean Pasta Salad:
For the salad:
- 1 1/2 cups dry macaroni noodles
- 1 large red or yellow beet
- 1/2 cup marinated artichokes
- 1/4 cup capers
- 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 1/4 cup basil leaves
For the dressing:
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup asiago cheese
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- pinch black pepper
Tools I used for this recipe:
- chef knife
- cutting board
- 3-quart saucepan
- mixing bowls
- jar with tight-fitting lid
- stainless steel colander
- air-tight storage containers
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