Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad

Garden-Fresh-Pasta-Salad

Most of the pasta salads I make are mayo-based. Which is great, but sometimes it’s good for the soul {and tummy} to break free from the usual and try a new recipe. This, my friends, is how you find true gems that are welcomed into your recipe box, to be made regularly.

This is the case with Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad, a recipe I found on the Kraft Canada website. What drew me to this recipe was the fresh {but common} ingredients, and the ease of making it. Plus, I just cannot get enough cherry tomatoes right now!

Result? Love!

I admire a salad recipe that can be made ahead and one which tastes even better the next day. It’s hard to come by for salads!

This summer recipe fits well with busy days, when you might only have prep time in the early morning. When you have this Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad recipe ready and waiting for you, you might now hit that drive-thru either. It also goes without saying that it’s a perfect one to compliment that BBQ meal!

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My husband literally said after the first bite, ‘wow, very fresh!‘. I laughed and told him that actually, ‘fresh’ is in the name of the recipe, very ironic.

Admittingly, he was very skeptical of this at first {perhaps he is too used to my mayo-based pasta salad as well}. Yet after finishing his serving and while reaching for seconds he said he wouldn’t mind if I made this one again. Summer-salad score!

Thing is, summer is a great time to utilize the freshest food you can find, and there’s nothing like a cool and tasty pasta salad on a hot day. 

What is your favourite pasta salad recipe?

Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 8 cups whole wheat farfalle (bow-tie pasta) , uncooked
  2. 2 cups broccoli florets
  3. 1 red onion , chopped
  4. 1 red pepper , chopped
  5. 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  6. 1 bottle (250 mL) Kraft Calorie-Wise Sun-Dried Tomato & Oregano Dressing
  7. 1/2 cup Kraft 100% Parmesan Light Grated Cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding broccoli to the boiling water the last 3 min.
  2. Drain; rinse with cold water. Place in large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients except cheese; mix lightly.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour. Stir gently before serving; top with cheese.
Notes
  1. ** Kraft Kitchen Tips ***
  2. SPECIAL EXTRA ~ For added flavour, sprinkle salad with Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits just before serving.
  3. SUBSTITUTE ~ Substitute 1-inch asparagus pieces for the broccoli florets.
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Comments

  1. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    looks very tasty

  2. Jody D says:

    I love the recie! I have used that same dressing for roasted vegetables as well- so versatile!

  3. I love it! I am totally borrowing this for the cookout I was invited to this weekend!!

  4. This is a PERFECT summer side salad! I wish I had a garden growing, but we put it off this year, totally bummed.

  5. This sounds delicious. I love that it isn’t mayo based!

  6. I can tell it’s lunchtime, I’m starving. This pasta salad looks so fresh and delicious. Perfect for summer cookouts.

  7. Chelley says:

    Sounds so good! I love summer salads- they’re great for dinner and as leftovers for lunch!

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