Italian Pasta & Tomato Salad

italian pasta tomato salad
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2 Reviews
Choose vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh zucchini to pair with penne pasta in this flavorful pasta salad.
20 min
Prep Time
50 min
Total Time
8 servings

Ingredients

Pasta

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

Salad

1/4 pound (1 cup)
Cheddar cheese, cubed 1/2-inch
2 medium (2 cups)
tomatoes, cubed 1-inch
2 medium (2 cups)
zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch

Dressing

1/2 cup
Italian vinaigrette dressing
1 tablespoon
fresh oregano leaves*
1 tablespoon
chopped fresh basil leaves**
Lettuce leaves
 
*Substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves.
**Substitute 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  2. Combine pasta and all salad ingredients in bowl.
  3. Stir together all dressing ingredients except lettuce leaves in another bowl. Add dressing to salad; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serve salad on lettuce leaves.

Recipe Tips

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
240
Cholesterol
15mg
Carbohydrates
25g
Protein
8g
Fat
12g
Sodium
210mg
Dietary Fiber
1.5g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

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.

Rating

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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