Tri Color Pasta Salad

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This Tri Color Pasta Salad is a fun, irresistible, salad that is a must have for a hot summer day. So light, refreshing and tempting.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Top shot of tri colored pasta salad in a clear bowl.

This Tri Color Pasta Salad is a fun, irresistible, salad that is a must have for a hot summer day. So light, refreshing and tempting.

Top shot of tri colored pasta salad in a clear bowl.

Tri Color Pasta Salad is the epitome of summer meals. Light, refreshing and the perfect accompaniment to anything that you wish to serve with it.

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  • 20 Minute Meal: This tri color pasta salad can be the main event or a colorful addition to any meal.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry and so quick and easy.
  • Family Friendly: Kids will love this fun salad.
  • Adaptable: Can make it any way you like to fulfill your dietary needs.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: This salad just tastes better and better as the flavors meld together.
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What You Need to Make Recipe Name

Ingredients

  • olive oil 
  • red wine vinegar
  • dried Italian seasoning
  • granulated sugar
  • garlic
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • red onion
  • Pasta
  • cherry tomatoes
  • English cucumber
  • fresh parsley
Clear glass bowls of the components to make the pasta salad. Includding pasta, red onion roasted red peppers etc.

Equipment

How to Make Tri Color Pasta Salad- Step by Step

  • Make Dressing.: First, mix up the dressing first and add red onions to the dressing. Meanwhile, cook the pasta for 10 min in boiling heavily salted water.
A clear boel with ingredients whisked in the final dressing and the pasta.
  • Veggie Prep: While the pasta is cooking dice and prepare your vegetables.
  • Cool: After draining, dunk the strainer of pasta in an ice bath.
  • Mix: Finally, mix all the ingredients and chill the salad for at least 30 minutes.
The final steps to assemble the pasta salad by adding all of the ingredients required.

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Common Questions About this Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

HOW DO I STORE TRI COLOR PASTA SALAD?

It is best to store your salad in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last up to five days.

SUBSTITUTE REGULAR PASTA?

Of course, the tri color is just so fun.

DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, it is a great party salad. Simply adjust the ingredients as you need.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Definitely! The longer the flavors have to meld the better!

WHAT TO SERVE WITH TRI COLOR PASTA SALAD?

This salad is great on it’s own but here are a few summer favorites:
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Top shot of pasta in close up with pasta, and other ingredients.

Expert Tips for Making Pasta Salad

  • Protein: To be sure this salad is great on it’s own. However, add some grilled chicken to make it a meal.
  • Cheese: Crumble so feta on top for a great flavor boost.
  • Olives: Feel free to add some olives, chickpeas or roasted red peppers to make this salad even better.
  • Variation tip: Use a gluten free or protein pasta to make it healthier.
  • Alternate ingredients: Roasted vegetables added to this salad are fabulous. For example: broccoli, zucchini or squash.
  • Pepperoni: Italian Meats such as pepperoni, salami, pancetta are a great topper or even crumbled bacon.

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Tri Color Pasta Salad

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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the pasta salad:
  • 1/4 medium red onion finely chopped
  • 8 ounces dried short pasta such as rotini
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 English cucumber, small quartered lengthwise, then thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella drained and chopped
  • fresh parsley leaves coarsely chopped

Instructions

  • Mix up the dressing first and add the diced red onions to the dressing.
    Cook the pasta for 12 min in boiling heavily salted water. Prepare vegetables.
  • After draining, dunk the strainer of pasta in an ice bath (equal parts ice and water in a large bowl) and get it cold fast!
  • Mix all the ingredients together and chill the salad for at least 30 minutes

Expert Tips

  • Protein: To be sure this salad is great on it’s own. However, add some grilled chicken to make it a meal.
  • Cheese: Crumble so feta on top for a great flavor boost.
  • Olives: Feel free to add some olives, chickpeas or roasted red peppers to make this salad even better.
  • Variation tip: Use a gluten free or protein pasta to make it healthier.
  • Alternate ingredients: Roasted vegetables added to this salad are fabulous. For example: broccoli, zucchini or squash.
  • Pepperoni: Italian Meats such as pepperoni, salami, pancetta are a great topper or even crumbled bacon.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 2mg

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