Festive and Fresh Pasta Salad {Frugal Recipes}

by Jess on May 23, 2013

Garden-Fresh-Pasta-SaladWe love to entertain and with Summer around the corner, it seems like we are doing more of it!  It’s fun to get family and friends together but it does get expensive.  We host potlucks all the time but sometimes we opt to host and when we do, I want to provide delicious, fresh and economical meals!  This Festive and Fresh Pasta Salad is delicious, easy, pretty to look at  and economical.  It’s refreshing and feeds a whole lot of people!  So, it may just be the thing you need when you’re planning your Memorial Day party!


  1. 2 boxes of the pasta of your choice (I used Smart Taste bow-tie pasta for the added nutritional value and I just like the way the bow-ties look)
  2. 5 carrots, peeled, and sliced
  3. 5 washed, trimmed and sliced celery stalks
  4. 1 small can of sliced black olives
  5. 1 whole yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
  6. 1 package of grape tomatoes, washed
  7. salt and pepper
  8. 1/2 – 1 bottle of good quality Italian salad dressing (or make your own by combining 1/2 cup canola or olive oil, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of water, 1/4 tsp celery 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp dried parsley, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 2 tablespoons dried oregano)
  9. 1/2 – 1 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)


  • Cook pasta for 8-10 minute, drain and rinse with cold water.  Set aside
  • Put pasta in large mixing bowl and toss well with ingredients, including dressing
  • Top with cheese, salt and pepper
  • Serve at room temperature or refrigerate for 3 hours and then serve


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Jess left her job to pursue her dream: changing diapers, cleaning the house, doing dishes, getting tons of sticky kisses, teaching and exploring with her two girls on the New England coast. She enjoys sharing her life - crafting, creating, parenting, venting and cooking on her blog Barefoot by the Sea.

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