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Easy Pasta Salad

Picnic season is here! Make this easy pasta salad for your next picnic or outdoor event. Tip- make this healthy side in advance. It'll save you time the day of and it tastes better the longer it sits.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Chelsea LeBlanc


  • Pasta Salad:
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat pasta such as fusilli or penne
  • 1 tsp evoo
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese balls halved
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it until al dente. Strain the pasta and transfer it to a large bowl to cool slightly. Toss in 1 tsp olive oil. While the pasta cools, make the dressing.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients, except for the olive oil. While whisking, stream in the olive oil. Season the dressing with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, and mozzarella cheese to the bowl with the pasta.
  • Pour the dressing over the pasta, tossing to combine, then cover the salad and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours. When ready to serve, toss the pasta salad again and enjoy cold or at room temperature.