Fresh and Easy Summertime Pasta Salad

Quick and easy summertime pasta salad. So fresh and satisfying, full of ripe cherry tomatoes, aromatic balsamic vinegar and fresh basil, red onions, olives and broccoli. This pasta salad is fantastic for a hot summer night or easy to take on a picnic.

 
Quick and easy summertime pasta salad. So fresh and satisfying. Full of ripe cherry tomatoes, aromatic balsamic vinegar and fresh basil, red onions, olives and broccoli. This pasta salad is fantastic for a hot summer night or easy to take on a picnic. #easyrecipe #summer #pastasalad #vegan www.musicandmunchiesblog.com
 

Inspired by the pot of basil sitting pretty on my windowsill, I whipped up this deilicous and fresh summertime pasta salad the other day.

‘What goes well with basil?”, I thought.

Cherry tomatoes, of course…..and pasta! And as organically as that, this recipe came to be. I love creating meals that are inspired by a specific ingredient.

 
Quick and easy summertime pasta salad. So fresh and satisfying. Full of ripe cherry tomatoes, aromatic balsamic vinegar and fresh basil, red onions, olives and broccoli. This pasta salad is fantastic for a hot summer night or easy to take on a picnic. #easyrecipe #summer #pastasalad #vegan www.musicandmunchiesblog.com
 

And what is more inspiring than basil? It’s so fragrant and welcoming. It lends itself well to so many dishes.

My kitchen is my sanctuary.

I have the perfect windowsill for small pots of fresh herbs. It sits right above my kitchen sink and is full of sunshine and just the right amount of breeze.

While chopping up ingredients in my kitchen, I love to look out this window and watch people walking by with their fluffy dogs, curiously exploring all of the smells on my white fence. Or the grandmas walking beside their pig-tailed grand kids as they push along their tricycles.

As you make this pasta salad, let your kitchen inspire you. This recipe is a great foundation for whatever you have in your fridge. I also happened to have broccoli on hand, so I chopped it up finely, and added it in.

 

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    I love adding as much green to my meals as I can. Feel free to add any sort of fresh vegetable that you’d like to this summertime pasta salad.

    Let me know in the comments below what your sanctuary is and what inspires you!

    As always, share this with a friend who would enjoy and easy, fresh and delicious pasta salad!

    Happy Munching!

     
    Quick and easy summertime pasta salad. So fresh and satisfying. Full of ripe cherry tomatoes, aromatic balsamic vinegar and fresh basil, red onions, olives and broccoli. This pasta salad is fantastic for a hot summer night or easy to take on a picnic. #easyrecipe #summer #pastasalad #vegan www.musicandmunchiesblog.com
     

    Summertime pasta salad

    Yield: 4
    Author: Music & Munchies
    prep time: 5 Mcook time: 12 Mtotal time: 17 M
    Fresh, aromatic and delicious summertime pasta salad. Share this with friends at your next summer get together, or have this for dinner on a hot summer night.

    ingredients:

    • 3 cups dry pasta shells
    • 3 TBL balsamic vinegar
    • 1 TBL olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • black pepper - to taste
    • handful of cherry tomatoes - quartered
    • handful of kalmata olives - quartered
    • 1/4 of a small red onion - sliced thin 
    • handful of fresh basil - roughly chopped
    • 1 cup chopped broccoli or chopped kale - chop small so the pieces mix in with everything else well
    • pine nuts - optional

    instructions:

    How to cook Summertime pasta salad

    1. Cook your pasta according to directions on box.  
    2. Drain and rinse pasta with cool water
    3. In a bowl, combine oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and stir
    4. Add in the cooked and cooled pasta, onions, basil, tomatoes, broccoli and olives.  
    5. Gently mix
    6. Top with toasted pine nuts

    NOTES:

    Add more salt or balsamic vinegar to taste if needed.
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