Refreshing Summer Pasta Salad

Posted by Nikki Elisheva on

Are you tired of the same old boring salads? Looking for a dish that will make your taste buds do a happy dance? Well, look no further! We've got the perfect recipe for an uber refreshing, summer pasta salad that will knock your socks off (figuratively, of course).

What Makes this Salad So Refreshing?

It's all about the ingredients, my friend. This salad is packed with crisp and juicy veggies that scream summer. We're talking about crunchy cucumbers, vibrant cherry tomatoes, and refreshing bell peppers. These ingredients not only add a burst of flavor but also give the salad a delightful crunch.

Get Creative with the Dressing

Now, let's talk about the dressing. This is where you can really let your creativity shine. Whip up a tangy vinaigrette with a twist by combining zesty apple cider vinegar, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of fresh spices. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, try a creamy veganaise dressing that will make your taste buds sing with joy.

Don't Forget the Pasta

Of course, we can't have a pasta salad without the pasta! Choose a short pasta shape like fusilli or rotini, and cook it al dente. Rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process and prevent it from turning into mush. Trust us, nobody wants mushy pasta in their salad. 

My gluten free pasta favorite is Rommi and it's available at most grocery stores. 

Add Some Pizzazz with Tasty Toppings

Now comes the fun part – toppings! Sprinkle some crumbled feta cheese on top for a tangy kick. Toss in a handful of toasted pine nuts for a delightful crunch. And if you're feeling fancy, add some fresh cilantro leaves or a sprinkle of chili flakes for an extra burst of flavor.

Bring It All Together

Once you've prepared all the ingredients, it's time to bring them together in a big bowl of deliciousness. Toss the pasta, veggies, and dressing together until everything is well coated. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. And voila! Your uber refreshing, summer pasta salad is ready to be devoured.

So, the next time you're craving a refreshing and satisfying meal, give this summer pasta salad a try. It's easy to make, bursting with flavors, and guaranteed to impress your friends at your next backyard barbecue. Bon appétit!


Nikki's Pasta Salad Dressing

- 3/4 cups veganaise 

- 2 tbsps olive oil

- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 

- 1 tsp your choice granulated sugar 

- generous teaspoon Himalayan pink salt 

- 1 tsp garlic, to taste 

- 1/2 tsp onion powder 

- 1 tsp black pepper


My Pasta Salad: Gluten free rotini pasta, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, mozzarella, red pepper, cilantro 

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