Veggie-Packed Pasta Salad: A Symphony of Fresh Flavors


Indulge in a burst of vibrant colors and fresh flavors with our Veggie-Packed Pasta Salad. This delightful dish combines al dente pasta with a medley of fresh vegetables, creating a nutritious and satisfying meal that's perfect for any occasion. Whether you're hosting a summer barbecue or looking for a quick and healthy lunch option, this pasta salad will become a staple in your culinary repertoire.

Veggie-Packed Pasta Salad: A Symphony of Fresh Flavors

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 220
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 250mg


  • 250g (8.8oz) pasta (fusilli, penne, or your choice)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped


  • 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, dice the red and yellow bell peppers, cucumber, and red onion. Halve the cherry tomatoes and slice the black olives.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, diced vegetables, cherry tomatoes, sliced olives, and crumbled feta cheese. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Gently fold in the chopped basil and parsley. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  6. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Serve chilled.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use fresh, high-quality vegetables for the best flavor and texture.
  • For added protein, consider adding grilled chicken, chickpeas, or tofu.
  • This salad can be made a day ahead. The flavors will only improve as they mingle in the fridge.
  • If you prefer a vegan version, simply omit the feta cheese or use a dairy-free alternative.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: Can I use a different type of pasta? A: Yes, any short pasta shape like rotini, farfalle, or macaroni will work well.
  2. Q: How long can I store this pasta salad? A: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  3. Q: Can I add other vegetables to this salad? A: Absolutely! Feel free to add or substitute vegetables like zucchini, carrots, or even spinach.

Elevate your meals with our Veggie-Packed Pasta Salad, a perfect blend of fresh vegetables and flavorful pasta. This versatile and nutritious dish is ideal for any occasion, providing a delightful combination of textures and tastes. Enjoy this refreshing salad that celebrates the best of seasonal produce with every bite.