Pasta Salad

This quick and easy salad is the perfect dish for lunch, dinner, a picnic, or a road trip. While it’s the best in the summer when garden-fresh vegetables and herbs are readily available, we enjoy it in colder weather too.

STEP ONE – Preparations

  1. Get out a large pot, a colander, and a large salad bowl.
  2. Get out a small bowl.

STEP TWO – Make the Salad


¾ pound uncooked pasta (fusilli, shell, or elbow)
1 large diced tomato
1 large diced bell pepper
½ cup diced cucumber
½ cup cubed whole cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, Asiago, or Romano)
10 sliced Kalamata olives
3 sliced fresh basil leaves
2 diced green onions


  1. Fill the large pot with water, add a shake of salt, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the pasta and cook for as long as directed.
  3. Drain in the colander, rinse briefly under cold water, and place in the large salad bowl.
  4. Add the tomato, pepper, cucumber, cheese, olives, basil, and onions and toss well.

STEP THREE – Make the Dressing


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. In the small mixing bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Dress the salad, gently toss the incorporate, and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Recommended Serving Size: ¼ of salad

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 protein, 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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