I love carbs, they are not my enemy. Summer is time for light pasta dishes & refreshing pasta salads. The best kind of meal is one that doesn’t involve turning on your oven in the summer. Cherry tomatoes, zucchini & onions are plentiful & in this simple yet flavorful dish.

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Italian Pasta Salad
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A flavorful pasta salad with summer vegetables.
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 12 ounce box of pasta (I used tri color farfalle)
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms, washed & sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced (yields about 1 cup)
  • 1 small white onion, chopped (yields about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered. Use assorted varieties for a prettier pasta salad.
  • 6 ounces pepperoni, sliced & cut in half (I used two 3 ounce packages)
  • 10 whole pepperchinis, de-stemmed & thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • *shredded mozzarella cheese for garnish
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box (drain & set aside in a large mixing bowl when finished). I like to prepare my vegetables while the pasta cooks.
  2. Add mushrooms, zucchini & onions with a splash of olive oil to a skillet & cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Toss the cooked vegetables in with the pasta, add cherry tomatoes, pepperoni, pepperchinis, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper & sea salt. Stir well.
  4. Serve with a little bit of mozzarella cheese.
Tastes great warm or cold.


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  • dana @ wonder forest

    yum this looks so good!
    xo dana

  • Sunny & Star

    I have seen several yummy looking recipes on here today! 🙂

  • theolivetree

    I would leave out the olives…:) my hubs would love this … he loves olives!! looks tasty!!

  • Melissa: Write it in Lipstick

    i love how you put lots of veggies in it, yum.

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  • Krizia

    Being 100 % Italian myself, I must say that looks DELICIOUS!

    x Krizia

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  • Sharon

    It looks delicious except for the pepperoni (sorry I have just about removed meat out of my diet).

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