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Easy Summer Pasta Salad

Updated on July 19, 2014

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Easy Summer Pasta Salad

This super easy pasta salad goes great as a side dish, complimenting BBQ main dishes, pizza, even sub sandwiches. It's great by itself too.

The best part is, you can add as little or as many vegetables as you want with it and it tastes great. You don't have to measure precisely. Use up vegetables that may be about to expire too.

Enjoy this for your next meal, or gathering!

Easy Summer Pasta Salad

Do you have veggies almost expired?  Throw those on in too.
Do you have veggies almost expired? Throw those on in too.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 6-8


  • 1 lb. Pasta, Cooked as directed. I used Penne
  • 1/2 cup Dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Various Vegetables, Chopped or diced

How to make

  1. Cook the pasta you've chosen as directed. When done, drain in cold water.
  2. As the pasta cooks, combine the ranch dressing, oil and water in a small bowl and whisk.
  3. Cut and chop your vegetables. For my salad I used radishes, black olives, garbanzo beans, peppers of various colors, and pepperoni slices. But you can add as much or as little of any vegetable you like. Consider, parsley, cilantro, tomatoes, green olives, cucumber, zucchini, chopped ham, salami, get as creative as you like!
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well. Refrigerate or serve immediately. Enjoy!

© 2014 Rebecca


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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I love a good pasta salad any time of year but I especially enjoy it on summer days with an iced tea. Thanks for sharing your version. It looks to yummy.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the idea of this summer salad. Your preparations are simple.

    • Mickji profile image


      4 years ago from between Italy and Switzerland, travelling around the world thanks to a little special object

      Kinda like the rice salad but with fresh pasta .... I like the idea ! Tough I have to find something with less salt else my mom will go to the hospital again ...

      I will try different combinations as you said ^^

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you Alphadogg16. Haven't heard from you in awhile. Hope you are doing well. :)

    • Alphadogg16 profile image

      Kevin W 

      4 years ago from Texas

      This actually looks pretty tasty Bishop55. I will definitely have to give it a try. Thumbs up on your recipe.

    • Thief12 profile image


      4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Looks pretty delicious. Voted Up.


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