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Simple Pasta Salad with Balsamic

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What's a summer celebration without pasta salad? This pasta salad recipe is so simple, it takes just 6 ingredients but is bursting with flavour from roasted tomatoes, balsamic and rocket. It is the epitome of a summer dish! #pasta #pastasalad #summerfood #summerrecipe #thecookreport

What’s a summer celebration without pasta salad? This pasta salad recipe is so simple, it takes just 6 ingredients but is bursting with flavour from roasted tomatoes, balsamic and rocket. It is the epitome of a summer dish!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.

I love pasta salads. They are the perfect way to repurpose pasta as a light and fresh summer meal rather than a heavy and comforting winter one.

Of course if you’re after a comforting pasta dish then head right over to this creamy chicken pasta or this butternut squash lasagne and cook them any time of year, no judgement here.

Overhead shot of Simple Pasta Salad with Balsamic on a striped cloth with salad servers and cherry tomatoes

It’s nearly summerrrrr! I can’t wait for beautiful sunshine and tans and a big beaming smile on my face. Summer is my season, it fills me with joy and happiness.

Not only do I love warmth and sun I also love summer food. I love the British traditions of barbecues with slightly burned food and forcing yourself to sit in a beer garden slightly too early in the year and shivering your way through a pub meal before retreating inside.

And I love summer meals like this balsamic pasta salad.

Bowl of pasta salad with balsamic on a striped cloth

We first made this a few weeks ago, slightly before the weather really warranted it but I wanted to perfect the ultimate summer pasta salad recipe in time for barbecue and picnic season and I think I’ve really done it.

Since pasta has always been one of my favourite foods it only follows that pasta salad has always been one of my favourite dishes and I’m always happy when I get to celebrate summer with a big bowl of it.

Ingredients you need to make this simple pasta salad with balsamic:

  • Pasta
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Rocket (Arugula)
  • Basil
  • Salt and Pepper

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this simple pasta salad with balsamic…

Roasted cherry tomatoes

Close up of a big bowl of balsamic pasta salad on a blue background

So this particular pasta salad recipe is a combination of a few beautiful summer ingredients.

We’ve got the pasta, we used wholewheat but use whatever you’ve got, then there’s some cherry tomatoes roasted until they’re super sweet and bursting. Basil and rocket (arugula) make up the green freshness portion of the salad and then it’s just a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil to finish things off.

It’s great warm or cold, for lunch or dinner and for main course or as a side dish.

Close up of balsamic pasta salad with tomatoes in the background

I especially love the roasted cherry tomatoes in there. Roasting them adds so much sweetness to them which is especially good here in the UK when, even in tomato season, you’re still in danger of ending up with a flavourless tomato from the supermarket.

It also has the added benefit of creating an extra saucy element to the pasta salad. Once the tomatoes have burst their juice coats the pasta and I always make sure to add in all the tomatoey olive oil from the bottom of the roasting tray as well. It’s crazy delicious.

Close up of balsamic pasta salad with salad servers

This is going to be the pasta salad I make all summer long. It’s easy enough to make before every barbecue and picnic we have and is great for a make ahead dish as well.

You could even make it for meal prep and have it for lunches all through the week. Pasta salad for lunch everyday is extremely welcome in my summer life.

Bowl of pasta salad on a striped cloth over a blue background

Tips for making this pasta salad with balsamic:

  • Since this is such a simple pasta salad it’s a good idea to get the best quality ingredients so you can to really let them shine.
  • We used wholewheat pasta to up the healthiness a bit but use whichever pasta you prefer. Any shortcut would work.
  • If you’re storing this pasta salad in the fridge I like to add an extra drizzle of olive oil before serving just to freshen everything up again.

Serving of balsamic pasta salad on a striped cloth

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Overhead shot of Simple Pasta Salad with Balsamic on a striped cloth with salad servers and cherry tomatoes

Simple Pasta Salad with Balsamic

What's a summer celebration without pasta salad? This pasta salad recipe is so simple, it takes just 6 ingredients but is bursting with flavour from roasted tomatoes, balsamic and rocket. It is the epitome of a summer dish!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 606kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 500 g Pasta cooked
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 30 g Fresh Basil chopped
  • 150 g Cherry Tomatoes I like the ones on the vine
  • 60 g Rocket (Arugula)
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Place your cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with half the olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper and place in the oven for about 25 minutes.
  • While the tomatoes are roasting cook your pasta in salted water. When the tomatoes are finished cooking place in a bowl with the roasting juices, balsamic vinegar, the rest of the oil, salt and pepper and the basil. Stir together gently.
  • Pour the tomato mixture over the cooked pasta, toss together then add the rocket and toss again. Serve warm or cold.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Pasta Salad with Balsamic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 606 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 446mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 96g 32%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 18.7%
Vitamin C 14.7%
Calcium 6.8%
Iron 13.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Danielle
    17/05/2018 at 12:39 PM

    My boyfriend’s dad grows cherry tomatoes and I get excited every year. This would be the perfect use for them! I love the freshness and simplicity of this pasta!

    • Reply
      Amy
      19/05/2018 at 10:07 AM

      Ah that’s so amazing!!

  • Reply
    Ashima
    17/05/2018 at 12:48 PM

    I love how this salad shouts summer! I am definitely going to try it soon and I’m sure I will love it cold. I love arugula and the addition of pasta makes it a full meal. I like the simplicity of your recipe..just basic seasoning and simple ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Amy
      19/05/2018 at 10:07 AM

      Thank you Ashima 🙂

  • Reply
    Susie
    17/05/2018 at 12:57 PM

    I also love summer and adore eating summary type light fair! This looks so delicious. I would love this for lunch prep for the week!

    • Reply
      Amy
      19/05/2018 at 10:06 AM

      Thanks Susie!

  • Reply
    Julia
    17/05/2018 at 12:58 PM

    Mmm, this is the perfect dish for a picnic! Delicious and full of flavors and easy to make!

    • Reply
      Amy
      19/05/2018 at 10:06 AM

      Thank you Julia!

  • Reply
    Priya Shiva
    17/05/2018 at 1:34 PM

    wow! gorgeous clicks! I love pasta salad and yours looks so tempting!

    • Reply
      Amy
      19/05/2018 at 10:03 AM

      Thanks Priya 🙂

  • Reply
    Courtney
    17/05/2018 at 1:51 PM

    I love how simple and fresh this dish is. Perfect for a summer BBQ!

    • Reply
      Amy
      19/05/2018 at 10:03 AM

      Thank you!

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