Light and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

Light and refreshing pasta salad recipe for summer

Today I’m excited to share one of summer’s quintessential sides – pasta salad, but a little lighter. For some reason, I never took to the heavy mayo basic pasta salads, so I make mine with a vinaigrette, which is perfect for summer outings like picnics and parties. Pretty little bow tie noodles all dressed in a lemon vinaigrette and tossed with feta, basil and cherry tomatoes…does it get any better? I love making it for a side dish but often enjoy it for lunch as an entree. It’s light, fresh and flavorful!

Even the girls enjoy this simple pasta salad. Adalyn can’t resist the cherry tomatoes and who can resist adorable bow tie pasta? You can make enough to serve 10 in less than 15 minutes {including prep/cut and boil time}.

Easy summer pasta salad recipe - the perfect side for BBQ

The best pasta salad recipe in just 15 minutes, light and refreshing for summer

The best pasta salad recipe in just 15 minutes, light and refreshing for summer

Light and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

Preparation 5 mins 2017-05-23T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 10 mins 2017-05-23T00:10:00+00:00
Serves 10     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 16 oz box of pasta
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 5 oz feta, crumbled
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 leaves of basil sliced thin
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta until tender.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, mustard and minced garlic.
  3. Toss drained pasta with dressing, feta, cherry tomatoes and basil.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Light and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 16 oz box of pasta
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 5 oz feta, crumbled
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 leaves of basil sliced thin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta until tender.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, mustard and minced garlic.
  3. Toss drained pasta with dressing, feta, cherry tomatoes and basil.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.

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The best pasta salad recipe in just 15 minutes, light and refreshing for summer

This weekend I’ll be remembering those who died while serving our country and thinking of their families. I’ve been feeling especially grateful for the doctors and nurses who serve veterans and their compassion as my dad has been hospitalized over this past month. I am looking forward to some time at the pool, a little reflection and lake house hunting this weekend. I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

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