Hi, friends! Today on the blog I’m bringing you a delicious summer pasta salad full of flavor and fresh garden veggies. It’s perfect for the countless summer BBQ’s and get togethers we attend and everyone loves it. We had a big get together this past weekend for our kiddos birthdays and I always make this dish as a side because it goes with just about everything. It’s quick and easy to throw to together and always gets rave reviews from guests.Tthe summer pasta salad also keeps well in the fridge as leftovers so guess what I’m eating for lunch everyday this week. The kids like it too and mine are super picky! Serve it alone as a meatless dish or as a side with grilled meat or fish. Anything goes!
Summer Pasta Salad Ingredients –
16 oz tricolor rotini pasta
1 head of broccoli, cut into smaller pieces
1 large tomato, diced
1/2 jar of olives, sliced
2 medium sized cucumbers, peeled and diced
(2) 16 oz bottles of Kraft Zesty Italian dressing
salt & pepper to taste
#1. Cook the pasta according to package directions (about 11-13 minutes), drain and rinse the pasta under cold water. Let the pasta sit and cool while you are preparing the veggies.
#2. Once the pasta has completely cooled to room temperature, place in a large bowl. Add in the veggies and carefully mix together.
#3. Add in one 16 oz bottle of the Zesty Italian dressing and continue to gently stir until all the pasta and veggies are coated.
#4. Add salt & pepper to taste.
#5. Cover and place in the fridge for a few hours to chill. Add extra dressing if needed.