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Simple Pasta Salad with Balsamic

What's a summer celebration without pasta salad? This 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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 606kcal


  • 500 g Pasta cooked
  • 4 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • tablespoon 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


  • 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.


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Calories: 606kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2.5mg