Hearty Vegetarian Pasta Salad

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Elise and family

A family favourite for hot summer days. We love the avocado, tomato, cheese, peppers, and fresh herbs (when we can find them!).

Top Review by McBeanbean

An absolutely delicious salad! I made it yesterday for a 4th of July picnic, and my family loved it. The oil and seasonings added a light flavoring, allowing most of the taste to come from the fresh veggies and pasta. I chose to use fresh basil leaves and elbow macaroni, and I swapped the avocado for a cucumber and included a small can of sliced black olives with jalapeno peppers. I also used pepper jack cheddar cheese, which added a delightful spiciness to the salad. Thanks for sharing this recipe; I will use it again!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta.
  2. Combine olive oil, salt and pepper, fresh herbs and chili peppers. Let stand.
  3. Peel and dice avocado (scoop out small pieces if it's too ripe to chop). Prepare tomato, cheese and peppers.
  4. When pasta is cooked, drain and rinse under cold water.
  5. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, add dressing, and mix well to coat. Serve and enjoy!
  6. * For a more tangy dressing, add balsamic vinegar to the dressing mixture and blend.

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