Mom Knows Best : Great Italian Pasta Salad That Is Great For A Summer Dinner

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Great Italian Pasta Salad That Is Great For A Summer Dinner


I have found another great dish that is great for a hot summer night. This dish does not require you to turn on the oven and is served cold. This dish is also great for potlucks and picnics as it does not need to be warmed up. My italian Pasta salad is so easy to make. You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry too.

Italian Pasta Salad

2 cups dried pasta
1 can 15 ounces diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup chopped black olives
1 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
1 Tablespoon dried basil
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Make the pasta according to directions on the package. You can use any shape of pasta. I used radiatore but shapes like rotini and bowties would work great too.When pasta is done drain and rinse in cold water. Then add all the remaining ingredients to the pasta in a large bowl and mix well. This dish is best served cold.

This pasta salad can be made with fresh tomatoes and fresh basil too, just use 2 cups diced tomatoes and 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves. I can't wait to try this dish with fresh garden tomatoes. 


 Look how simple this pasta salad is to bring to a summer picnic. My church is having a day at the park and I will be making this dish.


I just love dishes that are easy to make in the summer and don't require the oven. What are some of your summer ideas for dinner?

14 comments:

  1. This looks so good! I love Italian flavours.

    ReplyDelete
  2. looks delicious. http://www.from-my-house-to-yours.com/

    New follower. Hope you will follow back.

    ReplyDelete
  3. That sounds so delicious. I'm keeping the recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  4. YUM - easy and looks tasty...love those kind!! Pinning it to try another day!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Looks light and easy to fix. Dinner is set for my household.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love pasta salad & your recipe sounds delicious! Although my family would demand some meat to make it a dinner, but it wouldn't take anything to grill up some chicken to go with it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This looks so good for a no-cook summer meal!

    ReplyDelete
  8. That looks so good. I love the chunks of cheese.

    Michelle F.

    ReplyDelete
  9. This looks really good and I love cheese :) Can't wait to make it this weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  10. This looks tasty. I like recipes that incorporate black olives, and I don't get a chance to eat them that often.

    ReplyDelete
  11. YUM! Anything with pasta and doesn't require an oven is very important in the summer! Can't wait to try this recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  12. That looks tasty I just love pasta salad.

    ReplyDelete
  13. O my gosh, Pasta Salad is one of my fave go-to meals for HOT summer dinner. I'm totally gonna try this recipe.

    ReplyDelete

Mom knows best