Pasta Salad

This easy-to-make dish is great for lunch, dinner, a picnic, or a road trip. It’s the best when summer vegetables and herbs are still available, but we enjoy it in colder weather too.

STEP ONE – Make the Pasta Salad


½ pound of cooked pasta of your choice
1 large tomato
1 cucumber
1 pepper (red, yellow, or orange)
2-3 green onions
3 leaves of basil
8-10 Kalamata olives
¼ pound of fresh whole cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, Asiago, or Romano)
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of ½ a lemon
Coarse sea salt
Ground pepper


  1. Place the cooked pasta in a large serving bowl.
  2. Dice the tomato, cucumber, pepper, and green onions into uniform pieces and add them to the pasta.
  3. Slice the basil and olives and add them to the salad.
  4. Cut the cheese into small chunks and add those as well.
  5. Dress with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice.
  6. Season with salt and pepper (about ½ teaspoon of each).
  7. Toss the salad, adjust the the flavor to your liking, and chill in the refrigerator until it’s ready to serve.

Recommended serving size: 1 cup of salad

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 veg, 1 fat

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19 thoughts on “Pasta Salad

  1. Lovely. Permission to add raw garlic? I have garlic on everything except Cheerios, cocoa, and ice cream. I hear though, they have out in California, garlic ice cream. I just ate breakfast and this makes me hungry.

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  2. This seems delicious!! And also something that doesn’t seem to take too long, so great when I have a busy day and do not have much time to cook! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more cool recipes from you 🙂

    Feel free to read some of my blogs 🙂

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    1. Thank you! One of our favorite things about this recipe is how quick it is to prepare. Thanks for checking out our blog; we’ll definitely check out yours too 🙂


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