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Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad


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


  1. Add the cooked drained pasta and the pesto to a large mixing bowl. Toss until the pasta is well coated.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and freshly-ground pepper. Add a bit more feta cheese.
  5. Garnish with basil leaves and a generous sprinkling of pine nuts.
  6. Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Party, Potluck
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

Keywords: summer pasta salad, cold pasta salad, pasta salad recipe