Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

$7.59 recipe / $0.95 serving

I’ve been craving pasta salad lately so onto the menu it went. In effort to up my vegetable intake, I packed this salad as full of all of the veggies that I possibly could. I’m happy to say, it worked. This pasta salad was so good that I’ve been eating it about twice a day!

Don’t be intimidated by the long ingredient list, this salad comes together really quickly. Use whatever vegetables you can get your hands on but I find that it helps to try to hit most of the colors of the rainbow (the prettier the salad, the more appetizing). I also had about 2/3 of a jar of roasted red peppers in my fridge left over from my hummus pizza, so I sliced ’em up and threw them in there as well, but that is entirely optional.

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

Summer Vegetable Ppasta Salad

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Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
 
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Total Cost: $7.59
Cost Per Serving: $0.95
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. bow tie pasta $1.39
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes $0.61
  • 1 medium summer squash $0.39
  • 1 medium zucchini $0.39
  • 1 medium broccoli crown $1.27
  • ½ medium red onion $0.57
  • ⅔ (15 oz.) jar roasted red peppers $1.34
  • ½ bunch parsley $0.49
VINAIGRETTE
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil $0.16
  • ¼ cup olive oil $0.44
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar $0.21
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard $0.06
  • 1 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • 1 tsp minced garlic $0.12
  • ¾ tsp salt $0.05
  • to taste fresh cracked black pepper $0.05
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander.
  2. While you’re waiting for the pasta water to boil and the pasta to cook, prepare the vegetables (squash, zucchini, broccoli, tomato, onion, parsley, red pepper). Give the vegetables a good wash and then cut into bite sized pieces (onions and red pepper thinly sliced; parsley removed from stems and chopped).
  3. While the pasta is cooling, prepare the vinaigrette. In a small bowl whisk together the vegetable oil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, oregano, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Combine the cooked pasta, chopped vegetables, and vinaigrette. Stir until everything is well mixed and coated with vinaigrette. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

 

summer vegetable pasta salad

Step By Step Photos

bow tie pastaboil pastadrain pastaCook the pasta in lightly salted water according to the package directions. Drain in a colander.

raw vegetableschopped vegetablesWhile the pasta is cooking, wash and chop your vegetables. Cut everything into small, bite sized pieces. I find it helpful to remind myself to cut the broccoli smaller than I would expect… super large chunks of broccoli throw off the balance of the salad! The onions and red peppers were thinly sliced and I just gave the parsley leaves a good chop.

vinaigrette ingredientswhisked vinaigretteOnce the veggies are chopped and the pasta is drained and cooling, mix up the vinaigrette. It’s super easy, just whisk together the oils, red wine vinegar, dijon, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Done.

mix pasta saladTransfer the mostly cooled pasta (just make sure it’s not piping hot) to a very large bowl and pour the vinaigrette over top.

chopped vegetablesAdd the chopped vegetables…

mix vegetable saladStir it all together until everything is well mixed and coated with vinaigrette. Could you ask for anything prettier? Either serve immediately or refrigerate until ready. I like to refrigerate at least a half hour to let the flavors blend.

summer vegetable pasta salad

56 Comments

  1. Just made this – Delicious!

    Im a vegetarian – and a hungry one at that, so i added some yves vegetarian salami and shredded mozzarella. Because of that I added a few extra dashes of red wine vinegar to sharpen the flavor.

    I love it

  2. This was fantastic! I made a few (small) adjustments. Instead of using 1/2 cup of oil, I used about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in the wine/dijon mustard mix and about 2-3 tablespoons in a hot pan. I gently sauteed the veggies and garlic for about 5 minutes – just to get some liquid and heat going on them. As the veggies cooled, I cooked the pasta. After I combined everything, I threw in some shredded parmesan (I bet feta would be awesome too). Oh, and I also used some generic “italian seasoning” dried spices in the vinaigrette – I think I got it at the dollar store (dried basic, oregano, etc.). This is going to taste even better tomorrow! THANK YOU!

  3. Amy E. says:

    This is a delicious recipe! Followed it to a tee & it was a huge hit! Next time I will definitely add either feta or mozzarella. Nothing better than fresh veggies & pasta. The Dijon mustard had a great taste!

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