Italian Pasta & Tomato Salad

Italian Pasta & Tomato Salad

Choose vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh zucchini to pair with penne pasta in this flavorful pasta salad.

20 min. prep time
8 servings
252 Ratings



8 ounces (2 1/3 cups) uncooked dried penne pasta


1/4 pound (1 cup) Land O Lakes® Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese, cubed 1/2-inch
2 medium (2 cups) tomatoes, cubed 1-inch
2 medium (2 cups) zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch


1/2 cup Italian vinaigrette dressing
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves*
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves**
Lettuce leaves


Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water; drain.

Combine pasta and all salad ingredients in large bowl.

Stir together all dressing ingredients except lettuce leaves in small bowl. Add dressing to salad; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serve salad on lettuce leaves.

*Substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves.

**Substitute 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves.

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Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 240

Fat: 12g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 210mg

Carbohydrates: 25g

Dietary Fiber: 1.5g

Protein: 8g

Recipe #7480C©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I made this recipe for a birthday party. Instead of lining the bowl with lettuce leaves, I lined the rim of the bowl with some of the zucchini slices. Everyone tried it, liked it, and asked for the recipe. I will definitely make it again.
It is way too hot to grill outside or cook long big heavy meals. This is a delicious, easy, healthy, and inexpensive dish. I love making these types of dishes during the summer because everything is so fresh this time of year. I make this as a complement side dish to marinated grilled boneless chicken breast that I cook on my George.

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