Pasta Salad

Crawling out of my winter hibernation is never difficult to do, especially when the clouds pack up and the sun shines. Like most people during the warmer months, I crave lighter, colder and raw foods not only so that I can be bathing suit ready, but also so that I am never weighed down and sluggish.

What does summer mean to me?

Summer is long, lazy nights spent on my deck with family and friends enjoying delicious food, wonderful wine and good music.

It’s spending the entire day out on the lake with great-tasting cocktails and amazing company.

It’s enjoying the beauty of our surroundings with my husband whether we are hiking with our dogs or traveling from one winery to another wine tasting.

These are some of my favorite things about summer.

With picnics and barbecues becoming more imminent as summer approaches, pasta salads are at the top of the list of items to serve during the warmer months. This refreshing pasta salad screams summertime with its raw vegetables and light dressing. It is perfect to serve as a light summer dinner or lunch, or serve it as a side dish by pairing it with grilled meats.

Pasta Salad


  • 1 box Tri-Color Rotini
  • 1 can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced Mozzarella chunks
  • 1/2 cup sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup of peeled and quartered cucumber
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook Rotini according to directions on package; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients into serving bowl and toss until the pasta is coated with the dressing and the other ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
  3. Place in refrigerator and cover, allowing the flavors to blend until ready to serve.

    With the warmer months upon many of us, what does summer mean to you?


  1. Reply Molly May 26, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I saw this picture and thought of what I had for lunch today; it's very similar! I make mine with Feta and artichoke hearts instead of the onion, pepper, cucumber and mozzarella. I'll have to try your version!!

  2. Reply Amanda May 26, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Looks fabulous. I adore pasta salads and am always looking for a new one to try!

  3. Reply Tracy May 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I LOVE pasta salad. I could eat it all summer long! This one looks wonderful.

  4. Reply Maggy@ThreeManyCooks May 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    What a gorgeous photo! I love pasta salad and this one looks delicious!

  5. Reply ivoryhut May 28, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Now I'm going to want to hear more about the good music you listen to. I can instantly relate to others when it comes to food and music, and I already think your food is awesome!

  6. Reply Michelle May 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Delicous recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Reply Anonymous June 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    made this…everyone LOVED it! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Reply Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    It's alot like my recipe, it is one of my family's favorite salads, but I use salad supreme instead of salt and pepper. I haven't used mozzarella cheese in it, but that is a good idea, I am going to try it.

  9. Reply Anonymous February 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    i add pepperoni in mine

  10. Reply Anonymous June 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    trying this tonight

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