Easy Garden Fresh Italian Pasta Salad
This Easy Summer Pasta Salad is filled with garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and flavor-packed aromatic herbs. Its fresh Italian twist makes it perfect for summer!
I love making salads during the summer. What I love even more than that… when the ingredients come right out of my garden. This salad is full of fresh garden veggies and herbs. It really is a perfect summer salad straight from the garden.
This summer pasta salad comes together very quickly. Cooking the pasta is about how long it takes to make. I like to put the pasta on to cook while I cut, chop, and dice the other ingredients. By the time the pasta is ready to drain, I’m usually close to finished with everything else.
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Here are some step-by-step photos of how easy this salad is to make. While the pasta is cooking, I start by halving the tomatoes, dicing the cucumber, and chopping the herbs. Everything in these pictures (but the olives) came straight from my garden. I just LOVE that!
Once everything is cut up, I give it a quick toss. By then the pasta is usually done. I drain the pasta and run it under cold water for a minute or two then drain it well. It goes right in with the veggie mix.
I pour my favorite Italian salad dressing over the salad and toss once more.
I just love the vibrate colors and fresh flavor of this salad. If you wanted to turn this into a full meal with protein, adding pepperoni, salami or even bacon, would be delicious!
That’s it! This salad is so delicious, light, and packed with flavor. It should be on everyone’s summer bucket list. 😉 This also makes for an awesome summer BBQ potluck salad or make-ahead lunch.
What’s your favorite kind of pasta salad?