Summer Pasta Salad

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Summer Pasta Salad is perfect for potlucks, picnic, and even summer barbecues. It can also accompany a meal for dinner. This dish keeps in the fridge a couple of days so it can also be jarred for lunches. This salad is unique with fresh squash and zucchini along with the unique dressing.

Summer Pasta Salad

I like to use rotini pasta but the pasta can easily be changed to either bowtie or elbow noodles.  I like to make this summer pasta salad a day before so it sits and soaks up all that dressing. Sometimes I will make mroe and add it to the bowl because I love lots of dressing. This is a popular one at adult gatherings. Kids are usually scared of the squash and zucchini.

Summer Pasta Salad

Although, this summer pasta salad is super refreshing and if a kid does try it they probably would like it. The tomatoes in this can be hot house tomatoes or roma’s. I think one of the two of these do the best. Vine ripe tomatoes seem to become mushy. What summer salads do you make? I’d love to hear about them. I am always trying to figure out what to make for a pot luck.




Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 lb pasta; of choice
  • 2 roma tomatoes; sliced
  • 1 squash; diced
  • 1 zucchini; diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Boil pasta per directions on the box. Rinse and strain.
  2. Cut up squash, tomatoes, and zucchini. Place in large bowl with pasta.
  3. In a small bowl, mix in olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, and dijon mustard. Whisk.
  4. Pour mixture over pasta and toss well. Top with sea salt and pepper. Toss well. Refrigerate until serving.

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