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Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

The next time you’re asked to bring a dish to a party, bring this: Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

It’s funny because I pretty much think of the typical pasta salad as having been around forever.  I used to make them in college with a quick toss of Italian dressing.  And I made huge tubs of pasta salad for parties when I worked for a caterer back in the day.  The truth is: everyone loves a good pasta salad!

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe

Now that I’m older and much, much wiser… I still make a good pasta salad.  Nowadays though I add in plenty of fresh vegetables and I toss it all with a very simple, homemade vinaigrette.  I think the dressing can make all the difference in a pasta salad, so homemade is the way to go!

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe -

Oh, and since I’m addicted to cheese all day every day… I add in cheese cubes too.  This is the perfect recipe for bringing to a potluck party.  It’s easy to make, and you can prepare it several hours ahead.  Just toss it again lightly before serving.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad



  • 12 to 16 ounces rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 large zucchini or yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped (white and some green)


  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar; cover tightly and shake until well blended.  Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Here are a few more pasta salad recipes you might enjoy:

3 Responses to “Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad”

  1. postedJul 3, 2016 2:59 AM

    Love, love, love a nice, easy summer salad. Nutritious, too! Thank you.

  2. postedJul 8, 2016 4:29 AM
    sebastiana aprile

    Where is the salad recipe

    • postedJul 8, 2016 4:50 AM

      Did you scroll to the bottom?

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