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Pasta salad recipes - 10 recipes

Pasta salad, perfect for picnic recipes and summer lunches, can also be interesting and beautifully colourful starters to set off a dinner party. Choosing the right pasta is the key, not too big, not too thin and the right cooking time is essential: always cook your pasta al dente for a pasta salad and run under cold water.

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Rate this recipe 4.2/5 (13 Votes)
Pasta salad full of sunshine 1 Picture

servings 4
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 15
Cooking time 20
Cost Budget Friendly

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Cook the pasta twists as indicated on the packet, in boiling salted water

  • 400g oragnic pasta twists
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 100 ml chicken stock (cold)
  • 150 ml of olive oil
  • 150 ml crème fraiche 35% fat
4.4/5 (24 Votes)


Cook the tortellini pasta as directed on the packet

  • 1 packet of fresh mozzarella Tortellini (350g)
  • 200g mangetout
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in 2
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 3 large tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 large tbsp chopped dill.
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
4.5/5 (29 Votes)


Cook the pasta. Drain and mix with the drained chickpeas

  • 1 tin of 250 g chickpeas
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small spring onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp basil
  • 250g pasta
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp wine vinegar
  • A little chilli powder (optional)
  • salt and pepper
3.5/5 (129 Votes)


I’ve recently started a new job and Sam has been working loads so cooking excellent food and blogging about it ha...

  • 200g Fusili 1 teaspoon lemon juice 5 tablespoons of green pesto (I love pesto!) 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds a good handful of walnuts 100g pitted queen olives 25g chopped nuts.
3.3/5 (103 Votes)


A delicious cheesy italian pasta salad

  • Spiral shaped pasta (fusilli)
  • Dried basil
  • Lemon
  • marscapone
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mixed Salad leaves
3.1/5 (130 Votes)


An easy pasta salad for summer picnics or a packed lumch to take to work

  • 500g tortelini pasta
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • Cheese, cut into cubles
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Grated carrots, fresh or ready made
  • Sweetcorn
  • 1 tin tuna
  • Rocket salad leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar
3.6/5 (83 Votes)


1. Cook the pasta as indicated on the packet, in plenty of salted water (1 L = 100g of pasta water), drain and seas...

2.9/5 (124 Votes)


A creamy, filling pasta salad that you can make in minutes

  • 500g pasta of your choice (smaller is better)
  • 300g fresh spinach
  • 150g cherry tomatoes
  • 150g ricotta cheese
2.6/5 (35 Votes)


Tear all of the basil leaves and mint leaves from their stalks and place them in a blender

  • A large handful of fresh basil leaves (about 3 full stems or about 30 leaves)
  • A large handful of fresh mint leaves (about 3 full stems or about 50 leaves)
  • A large handful of fresh parsley leaves (the more the merrier)
  • A small clump of chives (about 10 leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons cashew nuts
  • 1 tablespoon pine nut kernels
  • 1 large slug of olive oil
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 match-box sized piece of hard cheese (traditionally parmesan, but we used cheddar!)
  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 roasted chicken breasts (cold, with or without skin)
  • Garofalo Dischi Volante pasta 260g (we allow 100g per adult and 60g for Lara)
0/5 (0 Votes)

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