Garden Pasta Salad

Garden Pasta Salad

Congrats Tino!! He just bought himself a brand new 2011 Hyundai Sonata, fully loaded SE 2.0T,Β  and traded in his Ford Explorer. His exploder as we called it! He is a hard core Ford guy so I have to say I was very shocked when he decided on the Sonata, but the car is really beautiful and certainly is going to get him better gas mileage than the exploder. Although, I know he will miss his big car…but I am SO proud of him for buying his first *new* car (you know how that goes, owning lots of cars in your lifetime but never a *new* car)!

In spirit of Tino’s success I wanted to share with you a bright and vibrant recipe that I was shocked that I actually liked. I am not a pasta salad fan. Especially pasta salad that is loaded with creamy dressings or mayo, gross! You tend to always see pasta salads at picnics and the salads sit out for hours and tend not to look very appetizing. Well, I decided to Rave-ify pasta salad. You know what that means right!? TONS OF VEGGIES! I see some pasta salads that have meat in them as well and I just don’t tend to like that very much so I left that out as well.

Ingredients for Pasta Salad:

  • 1 (16oz) package of uncooked rotini
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and quartered
  • 20 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 bottle of your favorite Italian Dressing (I used Northern States Italian Lite)
  • 1 (60z) package of feta cheese

Cook your pasta in large pot until al dente. Rinse with cold water and drain.

Mix chopped carrots, celery, cucumber, green pepper, tomatoes, and onion together in a large bowl.

Combined cooled pasta and vegetables together in large bowl. Pour italian dressing over mixture, add feta and mix well.

Chill for one hour before serving.

How pretty is that?! I just love the colors of all the different vegetables. They really make this pasta for me. Not to mention they are still crunchy. You have the creaminess of the cheese, the soft texture of the pasta, and then that bite of the raw vegetables. So good! Not to mention this is pretty darn good for ya!

Happy Wednesday! πŸ™‚

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  1. I’m all about a great pasta salad πŸ™‚ Happy Wednesday

  2. How exciting getting a new car – here’s to many miles of happy driving. Your celebratory salad looks fabulous.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  3. I agree with you on the creamy salads. I only enjoy a creamy pasta salad when I’m the one that made it (because I know what I put into it) and it is sitting in the AC, not on a hot picnic table. I love your pasta salad with the addition of feta (usually do mozerrella but I like your choice…more flavor). This translates well with tortellini too!

    • I agree Krissy…I am with that on most things though that are like that. When I can control what goes into things I always feel better about eating it.

      What a great idea to put tortellini in it! That would make it so you wouldn’t need the feta anymore. I’ll have to try that next time

  4. I love pasta salads and this one looks great with all the colorful veggies and feta cheese. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. The exploder…hahaha. Yay for a new vehicle!!
    Oh pasta salad…yummm. And feta cheese too? Love that in there!!

    • πŸ˜‰ hehe I am glad you enjoyed that Brandie. We get a few chuckles from the “exploder”.

      I know, the recipe called for Parmesan, but I wanted to use feta. I just love how creamy it is and I knew it would add a great flavor to the salad!

  6. I adore pasta salads (but I agree that sitting out in the hot sun for hours does not make them particularly appetizing). This one looks great!

  7. Love pasta salads! Yours with veggies looks so tasty and healthy!

  8. Like the looks and sound of this salad. I don’t eat much pasta anymore, but this would be great for Memorial Day. Thank you.

    • You are welcome Sandra! If you don’t eat a lot of pasta you can always change this up and use quinoa instead! If I hadn’t been making this for other people and just myself, I would have used quinoa anyways. Always a nice sub for pasta

  9. Just in time for the warmer days, I love cold pasta salad.

  10. I love this salad, so refreshing and creamy..Yummy!
    I could eat this for breakfast too hahhaa
    Have a wonderful day sweetie!

    • Hi Sandra! haha breakfast?! Well that one I haven’t heard, but now that you mention it…why not?! haha

      Hope you are having a great week!

  11. This couldn’t be more simple – great post! I love these creamy pasta salads. The feta cheese does it.

  12. Love all the fresh veggies in this pasta salad!

    • Thank you Roxan! I really wanted to add all those goodies to the salad. That is what really makes it better than most pasta salads for me

  13. I love this pasta salad, with the light dressing, and all the crisp, bright veggies. It would make a perfect summer lunch or dinner!

  14. Yum! This looks perfect for any party!

  15. Your pasta salad looks wonderful and so does all your pictures and recipes. Thanks for your kind comment on Brandie’s blog. I enjoyed checking out your place!

    • You are so welcome! I loved your post, I am so glad that Brandie introduced us πŸ™‚

      Thank you for coming to visit, come back soon!

  16. Pasta salad is just one of those things that I thinkI could probably eat every day for the rest of my life. Yours is so pretty and colorful too!

    • Thanks very much Katrina! I am not sure I could eat it everyday but I certainly did when I made this one, mainly because I made WAAAAY too much hehe πŸ˜‰

  17. Totally agree – the more fresh veggies the better! A perfect pasta salad and Cheers to Hump Day πŸ™‚

  18. Congrats Tino! And a great way to celebrate with this lovely pasta salad πŸ™‚

  19. This salad sounds delicious! I love when pasta salads are packed full of nutritious colorful veggies! The feta is a nice addition :)!

  20. The exploder….awesome nickname. πŸ˜‰

    Beautiful salad…I love all the fresh veggies. I’m a definite fan of the Italian dressing instead of mayo or one of the creamier toppings.

    • Haha thank you! Everyone seems to get a kick outta that πŸ˜‰

      Yes most definitely, the lighter Italian dressing is so much nicer than the mayo or creamy topping. Just makes it light and refreshing!