Italian Pasta Salad: Summer Picnic Favorite

Italian Pasta Salad: Summer Picnic Favorite

Picture this: a warm, sunny day, a checkered blanket spread on the lush green grass, and the delightful aroma of Italian Pasta Salad wafting through the air. This Summer Picnic Favorite is not just a dish; it’s an experience that transports you to the heart of Italy with every bite.


  • 2 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Dressing: 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions; drain and let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pasta, cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onion, mozzarella, and fresh basil.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  4. Chill the pasta salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
  5. Serve in a colorful bowl and garnish with additional basil if desired.

Prep time: 15 minutes | Chill time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4-6

This Italian Pasta Salad is a refreshing medley of flavors—tangy tomatoes, briny olives, and creamy mozzarella, all coated in a delectable balsamic dressing. It’s not just a dish; it’s a celebration of summer captured in a bowl.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories: 250, Fat: 12g, Carbs: 30g, Protein: 8g

Picture your next picnic with friends and family, laughter echoing, and this Italian Pasta Salad stealing the show. It’s not just a recipe; it’s an invitation to savor the simple joys of life under the sun.

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