Occasionally we like to take the family to a local all-you-care-to-eat salad and soup buffet. However if we don’t have a coupon, that kind of meal could end up costing us over $30 just for food (no beverages). Even with a coupon it’s still around $20. This homemade pasta meal probably only costs me around $5 to make…and we have leftovers!
Years ago, I tossed together this summery pasta salad for my family. At little of this, a little of that…They loved it! I recreated it for a potluck and it was a hit at the party too. So I took my chance at the County Fair and entered my recipe…and won a second place ribbon!
I’m pretty sure this easy recipe will be a success for your family too. This recipe makes a very large bowl of pasta salad, which is enough for dinner and lunch the next day. And most of these ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. I buy the feta in bulk at Costco (it has a long expiration date) and the Parmesan cheese can be frozen until you’re ready to use. I didn’t have any bow tie (farfalle) pasta this time so I used whole wheat penne which was just as tasty.
I like serving this pasta alongside grilled chicken or kabobs, usually cold leftovers. It goes together quickly so it’s a perfect light meal for warm weather when it’s too hot to cook. I like to make it in the evening and then chill overnight for dinner the following day. Pair it with a hunk of crusty buttered bread and well, that’s just a little bit of heaven right there!
Summer Pasta Salad
- ½ cup olive oil
- 6 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
- 4 cloves chopped garlic
- 1 tsp. Salt
- ½ tsp. Sugar
- Pepper, to taste
- 2-3 Roma tomatoes, deseeded & chopped
- ¼ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 can (2.2 oz) sliced olives, drained
- 16 oz. Bow tie pasta, cooked to directions on box
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley
- Whisk first section of ingredients.
- Add second section of ingredients, blending well.
- Toss in pasta, mixing well to coat.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley and stir.
- Can be eaten right away but I like to chill overnight to blend flavors.