This beautiful summer pasta salad boasts a variety of colorful garden veggies mixed into simple and delicious bow-tie pesto pasta. This salad recipe is easy to make, super healthy, and absolutely gorgeous! This afternoon when my husband came home after cycling, he saw the scrumptiousness on the kitchen counter and rushed for a bowl and fork. He dug right in! Between munches and moans of taste-bud delight, he delivered a lot of raving compliments. He wholeheartedly agreed: this flavorful pasta salad is just as yummy as it looks. Scroll down the page for the printable recipe card!
Summer Pasta Salad
What you’ll love most about this delightful summer recipe is how versatile is it. It’s one of those salads that can be created from whichever veggies you currently have on hand. I enjoy making this vegetarian pasta salad after a morning spent at the farmer’s market. Sometimes I’ll add in some red onion or green onion, it just depends on the colorful ingredients that have caught my attention that day.
Vegetarian Pasta Salad Ingredients
These are the ingredients I included in today’s summer pasta salad: bowtie pasta, basil pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, roasted red bell pepper, grilled corn, zucchini ribbons, a medley of organic tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, a drizzling of olive oil, freshly-ground black pepper and salt, and a generous sprinkling of pine nuts.
How to Grill Corn
Beautiful corn on the cob is one of my all-time favorite seasonal veggies. When making a fresh summer pasta salad, I love adding grilled corn kernels to the mix. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to grill corn on the cob!
- Remove corn husks and all silk fibers.
- Brush the corn with a little olive oil.
- Sprinkle each cob with salt and freshly-cracked pepper.
- Wrap each corn cob in a piece of foil just one layer thick.
- Grill for 20-25 minutes, turning the corn every 4-5 minutes so all sides are grilled.
- Remove the foil and place the corn straight on the grill.
- Rotate the corn until all sides have have beautiful char marks. Remove from grill.
- If desired, slather freshly-grilled corn with melted butter!
How to Make Pasta Salad
Here are directions for making a delicious easy pasta salad: Boil the pasta in heavily-salted water until al dente. Drain well and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Fold the pesto sauce (either homemade or store bought) into the noodles. With a sharp knife, slice the corn off the cob and add the kernels to the bowl. Slice a variety of multi-colored tomatoes in half and add those in.
Easy Pasta Salad
Add Kalamata olives, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, thinly-sliced grilled bell pepper, and sliced basil. Gently fold all ingredients together.
Bowtie Pasta Salad
Transfer your bowtie pasta salad to a large, wide serving platter.
Healthy Pasta Salad Recipe
Artfully arrange twisted zucchini ribbons along with a few extra ingredients on the surface. Lightly drizzle olive oil in a zig-zag pattern. Grind sea salt and pepper over the top. Sprinkle on some yummy pine nuts. Garnish with a few fresh, whole basil leaves. You’ve just created a platter of gorgeous edible art!
Homemade Pasta Salad
Enjoy your beautiful, healthy pasta salad at room temperature. Yum. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions About Pasta Salad
- How much pasta salad per person?
One pound of pasta will generally feed four adults when served as a main course. As a side dish, 16 ounces of pasta will feed six to eight people.
- Can pasta salad be made in advance?
In general, it’s best to serve pasta salad the same day you make it or within 24 hours. After that time frame, the veggies in the pasta salad will go limp and the texture of the pasta may become soggy.
- What goes with Pasta Salad?
These are the most popular dishes to serve with cold pasta salad: hamburgers, sliders, hot dogs, corn on the cob, steaks, chicken, spicy grilled lime shrimp, rustic artisan bread, Parker House rolls, and garlic hummus.
Kitchen Tools for Healthy Pasta Salad
Only a few basic kitchen tools are needed to make this healthy pasta salad recipe! If you love the zucchini ribbons in this post, they are easy to create with a simple vegetable peeler. Just slice off the first piece and discard it. Slice ribbons from top to bottom until the seeds in the middle or core are visible. Turn the zucchini and begin again on this new surface area.
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Summer Pasta Salad
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 Servings 1x
Delicious, healthy, summer pasta salad is easy to make and super satisfying! Filled with beautiful colors, textures and flavors, it’s the perfect recipe for weekday meals, festive weekend gatherings, and potlucks.
- 16-ounce box bowtie pasta, boiled according to package instructions
- 1 cup basil pesto, homemade or store bought
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
- 1 + 1/2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1 + 1/2 tablespoons fresh basil, sliced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, grilled and sliced
- 1 + 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 2 ears grilled corn, kernels sliced off the cob
- 1 zucchini, sliced into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
- Sea salt + freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
- Garnishes: fresh basil leaves and pine nuts
- Add the cooked drained pasta and the pesto to a large mixing bowl. Toss until the pasta is well coated.
- Add in the feta cheese, Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, grilled red pepper, grilled corn kernels, and halved cherry tomatoes. Fold these ingredients into the pesto pasta.
- Transfer the summer pasta salad to a large serving platter. Arrange twisted zucchini ribbons within the body of the salad. Add a few additional cherry tomatoes and pieces of grilled corn on the surface.
- Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and freshly-ground pepper. Add a bit more feta cheese.
- Garnish with basil leaves and a generous sprinkling of pine nuts.
- Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Lunch, Dinner, Party, Potluck
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American, Italian
Keywords: summer pasta salad, cold pasta salad, pasta salad recipe
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Do you enjoy shopping at farmers markets for fresh summer veggies or growing your own at home? What do you think about this healthy and delicious summer pasta salad filled with colorful ingredients? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Join the conversation in the comments below!
31 thoughts on “Summer Pasta Salad with Garden Veggies”
This was good but despite so many yummy ingredients, we found it needed something to lift the taste. Adding a good splash of lemon juice helped.
That sounds so good! I hope your family enjoys it. Thanks for stopping by!
This looks really delicious. We’re planning to have this tonight with some hamburgers. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I am so excited.
I really enjoy eating salads in the summer versus heavier meals. This salad has lots of delicious ingredients, I can’t wait to taste
I really hope you like it. Its delicious.
That pasta salad looks super good! It’s like, two of my favorite healthy meals in one. Thanks for sharing with us your recipe. :)
Youre so welcome. I hope everyone enjoys it.
Looks so delicious and vibrant. Looks perfect for summer!! Keep up the amazing work you’re doing (:
It is perfect for summer. Thank you so much. It means the world to me.
This salad is truly amazing. So many colorful veggies. It’s so healthy and delicious.
Thats what I lIke. Healthy and delicious, check and check. lol
Oh my god this looks amazing! I love how colorful and filling this salad looks.
Its really filling and super colorful. What more could one ask for? lol
Oooh! this puts me in pasta salad heaven! Can wait to try some of your recipes!
Thank you so much! I hope you like them as much as I did making them!
That pasta salad looks to die for! I’ll keep this in mind for my next BBQ!
It really is. It is perfect for a BBQ, everyone will love it.
Now this is my kind of salad. I’ll have to make this for my family soon because I know they will love it!
Thats great. I hope they enjoy it.
Love this salad! Its serious summer perfection, here! I might need to schedule a BBQ party just so I have an excuse to make this!
Thats a perfect excuse to throw a BBQ! lol.
I love how pasta salads are so versatile and can practically be made with anything in your pantry that go together, plus the colours are so pretty. I love corn in salads.
Thats exactly why I love it so much too! Plus, its so yummy!
This pasta salad looks so great, and I love that it is flexible enough to use whatever I have on hand from the garden that day!
Thats one of my favorite things too! Great salad to make any day of the week.
this looks so delicious! I love all the colors of the veggies, especially the grilled corn! PS love your serving utensils in these pictures!
The colors are one of the best parts. They make eating it that much better
I will really miss this salad when the summer’s produce is history! This is such a filling, flavorful, and colorful salad to enjoy at this time of year – I love it!
I totally agree with you. This is the perfect summer salad. Thanks for stopping by.
This looks AMAZING! I love anything with pesto….all of my favorites are in this salad! Will be making this salad this week for sure.
Im so glad you like the pasta salad with veggies. Its beyond delicious .