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pasta salad

Summer Pasta Salad

A perfect, mayo-free pasta salad that is perfect for a picnic or a backyard barbecue side!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Pasta Salad
Keyword: Pasta, Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jaida


  • 2 cups tri-color Rotini or Fusilli Noodles
  • 2 Zucchini, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Cherry or Plum Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ Lemon, optional


  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions, to al dente.
  • Lightly sauté zucchini using 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt & pepper, then cut each round into halves or quarters.
  • Mix olive oil & vinegar together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste
  • Toss pasta, zucchini, and tomatoes in a large bowl with the dressing. Season with salt & pepper, add basil and stir.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes, squeeze lemon over pasta (if desired), toss and serve!
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