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Lemon Basil Pasta Salad

An easy Lemon Basil Pasta Salad recipe that’s light and refreshing.

summer pasta salad

This time of year, I start to make a lot of lemon basil recipes. They’re light, yet full of color and flavor. It’s a nice change of pace from heavier fall and winter dishes.

This Lemon Basil Pasta Salad recipe blends my go to lemon vinaigrette I use in an arugula salad and this basil lemon pasta.

how to make pasta salad

With just 8 ingredients you can mix this up in 20 minutes or less. Because this recipe is so simple, I like to use fresh cracked pepper, fresh grated parmesan and most importantly, fresh basil.

vinaigrette for pasta salad

Basil is one of the few herbs I always have on hand because the plants are as inexpensive and purchasing fresh basil and easy to grow. Just one leaf adds so much flavor to dishes, making it my favorite garnish.

light pasta salad

One of my philosophies is that food should look as good as it takes. This Lemon Basil Pasta Salad is pretty enough to take to any party. It’s my new go to spring and summer pasta salad recipe. It’s a great make and take dish because it tastes even better after it spends a little time marinating in the refrigerator and is easy to cover.

lemon basil pasta salad

easy pasta salad recipe

Lemon Basil Pasta Salad:

Lemon Basil Pasta Salad

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 12 mins Total Time 17 mins
Yields 12

A refreshingly easy Lemon Basil Pasta Salad. This spring and summer pasta salad recipe is a lighter alternative to traditional pasta salads and easy to take to get togethers.


  • 1 lb pasta {shown with campanelle}
  • 1/4 c white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 8 cracks of pepper or to taste
  • 1/3 c pine nuts
  • 1/2 c parmesan flakes
  • 1/4 c sliced thin fresh basil


In a large pot of water, bring noodles to a boil and prepare al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Meanwhile, combine white wine vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice in a jar and shake well.

In a large bowl toss pasta with dressing and pine nuts. Add fresh cracked pepper, basil and parmesan flakes.

Refrigerate 2+ hours before serving.

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If you make this spring and summer infused pasta salad recipe, please leave a comment below using my 5 star rating system! You can find all of my pasta salad recipes here if you’re as excited as I am to kick off a season of summer entertaining.


entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

2 comments on “Lemon Basil Pasta Salad”

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  2. This post came in a timely fashion as I was just filling out my planner and nearly forgot I needed to bring a pasta salad  to a memorial tomorrow. This looks delicious and easy and I have most ingredients on hand including fresh basil in the garden! I love these kinds of recipes; and I love your simple approach to food. Thank you for the recipe! I can tell it will be great just by looking at it:)

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