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Easy Veggie Pasta Salad

Cuisine
Difficulty Beginner
Time
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Total Time: 25 mins
Servings 12
Best Season Suitable throughout the year
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces Salad Rainbow Twirls Pasta (or Rotini Pasta)
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets (blanched)
  • 1 cup orange bell pepper (medium chopped)
  • 1 cup yellow bell pepper (medium chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sliced pepperoncini (or banana peppers)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (cut into medium blocks)
  • 1/3 cup red onion (chopped medium)
  • 1/4 cup parsley for garnish (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste (after mixing pasta ingredients with the dressing mix)
  • Dressing
  • 3/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 basil leaves (sliced thin and chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (sliced thin and chopped small)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Clean and prep the cherry tomatoes, parsley, basil leaves, broccoli florets and bell peppers. 

  2. Slice the cherry tomatoes into halves and set aside. Chop the bell peppers and set aside. Chop the red onions and parsley and set aside.

  3. Slice and chop the basil for the dressing and set aside. Cut the cheddar cheese into medium sized blocks and set aside.

  4. Cook your pasta per package instructions. When the pasta is fully cooked, rinse it with cool water, drain and set aside.

  5. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and allow them to boil for 2-3 minutes. Take a large bowl and fill it with ice and water.

  6. After 2-3 minutes, turn off your stovetop and carefully remove the broccoli from the pot using a slotted spoon and place the broccoli into the ice water until it cools.

  7. Drain the water from the bowl, pat the broccoli dry and set it aside. 

  8. Add the pasta to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli florets, red onions, black olives, pepperoncini and cheese to the bowl.

  9. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and cheese and gently mix with a large spoon to ensure that the dressing coats all of the ingredients. Taste and add additional seasoning if needed. Garnish with parsley (optional).

  10. Dressing
  11. Add extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar to a mason jar or bowl.

  12. Add oregano, salt and pepper, sugar, dried and fresh basil and garlic. Mix the dressing well, cover and refrigerate until it is time to pour over the pasta salad.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 12

Servings 0.5

Note

Chill time: 1 hour

Vegan: Omit the cheese or add a non-dairy cheese to the pasta salad. 

Keywords: pasta salad, cold salad, meatless salad