Light and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

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  • A light, refreshing and easy pasta salad, perfect for summer picnics and outings. This lemon basil pasta salad recipe is always a crowd pleaser!

    A light, refreshing and easy pasta salad, perfect for summer picnics and outings. This lemon basil pasta salad recipe is always a crowd pleaser!

    Light and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe – Great for Summer Events

    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.

    Easy pasta salad recipe - the perfect side for BBQ

    Serve This Pasta Salad as a Side or Main Dish

    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!

    If you’re looking for other flavors take a look at the other great pasta salads featured on my site.

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

    An Easy Pasta Salad Even the Kids Will Love

    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}.

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

    What Readers on Pinterest Said About this Light and Easy Pasta Salad:

    “Love it! Delicious! Just like the title, light and easy. Will compliment any meal.” – Roberta

    “Delicious recipe! I made it for a bbq party and everyone loved it!” – Jocelyn

    “Excellent! Light and fresh.” – Lisa

    “Loved it! Very easy to make, and it was good.” TJ

    “One of my favorite things to make! I cheat and use pre-minced garlic and pre-chopped slightly dried basil, and then sometimes I get fancy and use tomato basil feta instead of regular feta. It’s always good!” – Jess

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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 at the VA 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.

    How to Make an Easy Pasta Salad:

    To see how easy this pasta salad recipe is, watch the video in this post.

    Light and refreshing pasta salad recipe for summer
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    Light and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

    A light, refreshing and easy pasta salad, perfect for summer picnics and outings. This lemon basil pasta salad recipe is always a crowd pleaser!
    Course Appetizer, Lunch
    Cuisine American, Italian
    Keyword appetizer, easy appetizer, easy lunch, easy recipe, light, low calorie, pasta, pasta salad, summer, vegetarian
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 10
    Calories 266 kcal
    Author Julie Blanner

    Ingredients

    • 16 oz pasta
    • 1/4 c lemon juice
    • 1/4 c olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
    • 1 Tbsp garlic minced
    • 5 oz feta crumbled
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
    • 6 leaves 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.

    Recipe Notes

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    Nutrition Facts
    Light and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 266 Calories from Fat 81
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 9g 14%
    Saturated Fat 3g 15%
    Cholesterol 12mg 4%
    Sodium 200mg 8%
    Potassium 223mg 6%
    Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 3g
    Protein 8g 16%
    Vitamin A 6.1%
    Vitamin C 16.2%
    Calcium 8.8%
    Iron 6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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