One of the quintessential dishes for summer is always a great pasta salad. It’s full of bright flavors, served cold and always hits the spot. My mom has been making this summer pasta salad recipe for as long as I can remember. It’s my go-to potluck dish for summer get togethers and a perfect side dish for any BBQ. In our Italian home, pasta has always been such a comfort food. And this is the best way to enjoy it in the summertime. This summer pasta salad is super easy and just has a few ingredients. A few fresh vegetables, olives and a premade dressing. It’s so simple you’ll be making it weekly for the rest of summer, guaranteed!
For this recipe, you can really swap out a few things and customize it however you like. Traditionally we’ve always had it with broccoli (sometimes also cauliflower), grape tomatoes and black olives. A few other things you can add in are diced carrots, red onion, zucchini, the list goes on. For the dressing, it’s always been classic Wishbone Italian dressing. Seems sac-religious as an Italian, but it’s just so damn good and has all the flavors in it. The pasta will soak this up quite a bit, so you may need to add, let it sit for a while, then toss and add some more to taste. If you don’t like pre-made dressing (I rarely ever use this except for this recipe) just use a standard vinaigrette with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic powder. That’s always been our go to dressing for an easy salad.
Summer Pasta Salad Recipe
- 1 box tri-color rotini
- 1 cup brocolli
- 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
- 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup Wishbone Italian Dressing
- Cook pasta according to box instructions for al dente
- While pasta cooks, prepare vegetables.
- Toss all ingredients together and let cool
- Add additional dressing if needed to taste
Photos by Hannah Michelle