Monday, June 14, 2010

RECIPE: Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

We had some friends over Saturday for a Pizza Party and had some leftover pizza toppings.  Instead of making more pizzas, I decided to make a pasta salad with them.  Plus my dad's garden is producing those Yellow Zucchini and Green Zucchini like crazy!  I don't really like the texture of raw zucchini or squash so in this preparation, I added it to the cooking pasta to knock off the raw, spongy texture.  If you like the raw texture, just skip that step in the directions below.  Here's what you do:

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
1/2 box favorite pasta (I used Farfalle)
1 large Green Zucchini, diced
1 large Yellow Zucchini (this is not the same as Yellow Summer Squash, but you can totally use that too!), diced
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
16 oz Homemade Italian Dressing or your favorite store brand

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add pasta.  Check the pasta box for the recommended cook time and set the timer.  

When there are 3 minutes left on the timer, add the diced zucchini or squash.  Drain the pasta and zucchini and rinse with cold water to stop the zucchini from cooking. 

In a large bowl, add the cooked pasta and zucchini, the tomatoes and peppers.  (I made the Italian Dressing in the bottom of this bowl, hence the herbs and spices on the side of the bowl.)

Pour the Italian Dressing over the top and stir to combine.  Refrigerate until cool or overnight. 

It's super good and easy.  And it's also mayo-free so it's great for the summertime gatherings! My kids actually prefer the pasta to all the vegetables, but I figured eventually they will eat some of the veggies.


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Meg said...

Sounds super yummy! I am definitely going to give this a try--thanks.

Cole said...

That looks so good!!

Brenda said...

Looks delicious. I like the homemade dressing too.

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

What a beautiful salad - looks delicious!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Oh, yum! This looks delish and so easy! I love that it has lots of veggies in it. :D

Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I don't really care for zucchini or squash. but it sounds pretty tasty this way! I'll give it a try soon.

Deb said...

This looks delicious! I love pasta salads in the summertime.

Susie said...

What a GREAT summer dish!!

Unknown said...

Love this! I just love pasta salad and this is definitely a new spin on it for me... we are going to try this.

Following you now from Tempt My Tummy!

Mandy said...

That looks perfect for a hot summer day! Will be trying this very soon....thanks!

Unknown said...

I love quick and easy salads for dinner, especially in the summer. Thanks for sharing. Come join me for What's On the Menu Wednesday. I would love to see you there.

the country cook said...

What a beautiful salad! -

Unknown said...

There is nothing better than a fresh pasta salad on a hot summer day! Thanks for bringing your dish over to Tuesday Tastes! The People's Choice Polls are open so come by and cast your vote when you get a chance!

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