I’m a big fan of cold pasta salad recipes, especially during the spring and summer. Filled with colorful veggies and flavor, this dish is a crowd favorite!
What’s not to love about a classic pasta salad? This version is incredibly easy to make, requires minimal cooking, and travels well. Hello convenience. While growing up, we always had a version of this dish at backyard cookouts, birthday parties and family gatherings. It’s a great make-ahead option too, because the flavor will intensify as it chills.
Cold Pasta Salad is a great way to utilize all the colorful garden veggies that are in season.
We often opt for a mix of fresh broccoli, heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion and bell peppers – but feel free to substitute where you feel necessary! Are you a fan of olives? Toss those bad boys in! There’s really no right or wrong here.
Personally, I prefer the non-mayo based pasta salad for summer cookouts. It sits well at room temperature and is generally lighter than the creamy mayonnaise version. I love this dish both ways, but prefer skipping the mayo during warmer weather.
- 16 ounces Bowtie Pasta
- 4 - 5 Mini Bell Peppers, sliced
- 2 cups bite-sized Broccoli Florets
- ½ cup Diced Red Onion
- 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved
- 8 oz Hard Salami, chopped
- That's Tasty Sun-dried Tomato Puree, as needed
- ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ - ¾ cup Feta Cheese Crumbles, optional
- Salt + Pepper, to taste
- Cook pasta according to packaged directions for al dente. Drain well and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, prepare and chop all vegetables and salami.
- Combine pasta, vegetables and salami in a large mixing bowl or platter. Squeeze about 4 - 5 tablespoons, or to taste, of the Sun-dried Tomato Puree over the pasta salad. Add Olive Oil and toss together until everything is coated and mixed together.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator to let flavors blend for at least 2 hours.
- Stir carefully before serving and sprinkle with feta cheese, if desired.
OTHER ITEMS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO ADD OR SWAP INTO YOUR COLD PASTA SALAD:
- Sliced Olives
- Shredded Carrots
- Roasted Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or Pistachios
- Mozzarella Cheese Pearls
- Minced Shallot
- Garlic (or better yet, That’s Tasty Garlic Puree)
To grab your own bottle of That’s Tasty Sun-dried Tomato Puree, check out their flavor finder here. They just added a total of eight different purees to their product line and they’re all seriously amazing. Need some more cookout ideas? Check out a few of my other recipes below for some backyard inspo!
If you’re looking for more fun recipes, make sure to check out That’s Tasty’s blog too! I just so happen to know their recipe developer and photographer (pssst: it’s ME!) and they’ve got some yummy things you won’t want to miss!
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