As the sun-drenched days of summer roll around, there’s nothing quite as satisfying and refreshing as a hearty pasta salad. Bursting with vibrant flavors and an assortment of colorful ingredients, pasta salad is a versatile dish that can be served as a main course, a side dish, or even brought along to picnics and potlucks. In this blog post, we’ll share a delightful pasta salad recipe that’s not only simple to make but also a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.


For the Salad:

  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) of your favorite pasta (penne, rotini, or bowtie work well)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Cook the Pasta:

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Place the drained pasta in a large mixing bowl.

Prepare the Vegetables:

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  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the vegetables.
  • Halve the cherry tomatoes, dice the cucumber, chop the bell peppers, finely chop the red onion, slice the black olives, and tear the basil leaves.

Make the Dressing:

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  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.
  • Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning according to your preference.

Assemble the Salad:

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  • Add the prepared vegetables to the bowl with the pasta.
  • Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables.

Add the Finishing Touches:

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  • Gently toss the pasta, vegetables, and dressing together until everything is well coated.
  • Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese over the top of the salad.
  • Garnish with the torn basil leaves.

Chill and Serve:

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  • Place the pasta salad in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • This allows the flavors to meld together and the salad to become even more delicious.