Italian Pasta Salad

My family’s favorite Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This recipe uses Italian dressing and fresh vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It’s the perfect garden Summer salad!

When it’s hot out all I crave is fresh vegetables.    That’s why this Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad is one of my favorite dinner meals of the moment.  

The last few days have been hot.  It’s that humid dry heat that melts you when walking to work to the point of where you have to dry yourself off before stepping into the studio.  There you work in the AC until it’s time to go home.   Now it’s time to sweat again.  Once home, I don’t want to even think about turning our oven on.  I also don’t want to even think of drinking or eating anything hot, so that’s why chilled pasta salad is the winner!
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One thing that I do enjoy about the Summer is that it means fresh vegetables are being picked in the garden by the handful.  Our tomatoes have taken off and are already close to outgrowing their 54 inch tomato cages.
Tomatoes already outgrowing their 54 inch cages. #tomatoes #garden #urbangarden #urbanfarming #vegetablegarden #monsters #containergarden

And even better we’re beginning to spot a bunch of cherry and roma tomatoes growing on them!
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I can’t wait for us to start filing the baskets with tomatoes, that way we can make this pasta salad all the time with our own fresh veggies. Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad_2

For my pasta salad I used Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian because it’s my favorite.  The dressing needs some tang to it while being full of herbs as well.  
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This Italian pasta salad is packed full of cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula making it the perfect excuse to hit up the farmers market!   I love that crunch of celery on a hot night.
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Enjoy this Italian Pasta Salad!

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My family's favorite Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This recipe uses Italian dressing and fresh vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It's the perfect garden Summer salad!

Looking for more salad recipes? Try my kale salad or Cucumber Tomato Salad!

Italian Pasta Salad

My family's favorite Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This recipe uses Italian dressing and fresh vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It's the perfect garden Summer salad!

Course Side Dish
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 12 oz box of tri color penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup Italian Salad Dressing
  • 4 stalks of celery chopped up
  • 1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pasta as directed. Drain.
  2. Put your pasta in a big bowl.
  3. Add your chopped vegetables, salad dressing and dried herbs.
  4. Mix together so everything is coated in salad dressing.
  5. Add in your mozzarella cheese, toss around.
  6. Cover, put in fridge to chill for 2 hours.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If your pasta salad looks a little dry when it comes out of the fridge, add a tablespoon of salad dressing and mix.

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