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Summer Pasta Salad with a Dijon vinaigrette. So easy to make and delicious! Super versatile, use any short or small pasta, mix with the raw veggies of your choice and mix in the dressing and enjoy!
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Summer Pasta Salad with Dijon vinaigrette

I generally start by adding a cup of each chopped vegetable, you can add more or less, depending on what you like to eat. For some, I will only add a ½ cup.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main or Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy pasta, light pasta salad, pasta, pasta salad
Servings: 6


For the dressing:

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard depending on how tangy you want the dressing
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the pasta salad:

  • 1 lb. rotini pasta* cooked to al dente
  • 1 cup cucumbers chopped or cubed
  • 1 cup assortment bell peppers cubed
  • 1/2 cup salami chopped
  • 1/2 cup black olives sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup raw broccoli florets cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 cup raw cauliflower florets cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 cup carrots chopped
  • fresh basil thinly shredded or chopped for garnish
  • salt and pepper if desired


  • For the dressing: Whisk together all of the ingredients and set aside.
  • Place all of the pasta salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and mix together. Garnish with the fresh basil and season with a little salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!


*you can also use penne, elbow or farfalle.