This simple and delicious summer vegetable pasta salad is full of flavor, packed with vibrant veggies and just the right amount of crunch. This colorful pasta salad makes use of all those gorgeous summer vegetables you picked up from the farmer’s market and is guaranteed to be a hit at your summer BBQs- just like this Chicken Salad with Grapes recipe!
Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a staple at summer cookouts and they are great for potlucks as well. I love a good pasta salad as much as the next person, but with the summer heat, I prefer to stay away from a mayonnaise base. I’m actually somewhat of a vinegar fanatic so I’m using a vinegar based dressing for this summer vegetable pasta salad.
Hit the farmer’s market
Our farmer’s market is in full swing right now, and I am loving it. Have you ever had a Sun Gold tomato? Those are my absolute favorite. There is nothing better than a Sun Gold tomato right off the vine! And farm fresh cucumbers have a crunch that you just don’t get from the ones at the grocery store.
Homemade dressing makes a difference
I always make my own salad dressings. They’re so easy to make, and you know exactly what is going into the dressing when you make it yourself. This dressing has a little bit of sugar in it. Usually my “sweet” is honey, but sometimes I like to mix it up.
TO MAKE THIS PASTA SALAD YOU WILL NEED:
For the Salad
- 1/2 lb of mini farfalle (or your choice of pasta), cooked al dente
- 2 cups sun gold or cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 red bell peppers, chopped
- 2 medium cucumbers, cut into rounds, then sliced in half
- 1/2 of a medium red onion, chopped
- 3.5 oz feta, crumbled
- handful of basil chiffonade
For the Dressing
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped basil
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 medium garlic clove, crushed
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
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You’ll make it over and over
I’ve made this summer vegetable pasta salad twice in the last couple of weeks, and both times it disappeared really quickly. People were going back for seconds and thirds! I’d recommend making it a day ahead…it’ll taste even better the second day when the dressing has really had a chance to soak into the pasta and vegetables!
If you think this summer vegetable pasta salad looks good, wait until you see these other recipes I’ve chosen just for you!
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OTHER SALAD RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY:
- This Fiesta Guacamole has party written all over it! Packed with bright and colorful summer veggies, it takes your favorite avocado dip to a whole new level!
- This versatile Corn and Feta Salad will be a hit at your next picnic or BBQs. Sweet corn, makes roasted peppers and salty feta is perfect as an appetizer, or even as a salsa with grilled chicken or fish.
- Talk about great colors! This Mediterranean Pasta Salad is full of color and flavor!
- If you love chicken fajitas, this Chicken Fajita Salad is the perfect healthy alternative.
- Are you in a hurry? Try my 3 Ingredient Quick Pasta Salad for a super short-cut version.
- Another great way to use up your farmer’s market bounty is with this delicious Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad.
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This post was originally published on this blog on July 15, 2016.