Eat at Home and Save – DIY Recipe- Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad recipe {www.savingupfordisney}

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 recipe {www.savingupfordisney}

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

  1. Whisk first section of ingredients.
  2. Add second section of ingredients, blending well.
  3. Toss in pasta, mixing well to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley and stir.
  5. Can be eaten right away but I like to chill overnight to blend flavors.


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