Light Easy Picnic Pasta Salad has fresh herbs, bell pepper, and cheese. This is a mayo-less salad, perfect to serve at outdoor picnics or parties!
Ginger and Jyl are my twin red-headed cousins (aka, “Double-Trouble”) from my Mothers side of the family. They are high energy personalities, and bounce off the walls…oh and did I also mention how zany they are?
Love these two gals, they served this pasta salad recipe at a fish fry party for me in their Wisconsin home. I fell in love the colors and light full fresh flavors. Of course, they were happy to share the recipe, thanks again Ginger and Jyl! XO
You can make it with any fun pasta you like, they like to use the shells. I made it with cavatappi, a pretty spiral pasta noodle…
- 1 lb Cavatappi pasta or any shape: shells, bow tie, etc.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
- 2 large orange bell pepper chopped
- 2 large yellow bell pepper chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion diced finely
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups Monterey jack cheese 1/2” cubes
Heat water to boil, add pasta. Stir to keep water moving, 5-8 minutes.
Drain pasta, shake and rinse (so it’s not sticky).
Place pasta in a large bowl, and add oil immediately to hot pasta.
Cover and chill 30 minutes.
Add all other ingredients, toss well, and chill again at least 2 hours.
Great salad to make ahead, and serve outdoors as because is mayo-less!
Enjoy this easy pasta salad right from Ginger and Jyl’s kitchen. It has become one of our favorite recipes to make ahead and enjoy poolside and at outdoor concerts with friends!
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