pasta salad recipe, how to make pasta salad

pasta salad recipe – yes pasta in salads, this is how at home we like our pastas to be. the soft cooked pasta with crunchy veggies is always looked forward when i make pasta or salad.

pasta salad

this pasta salad is jamie oliver’s recipe and he calls it the best pasta salad. i agree. it is one of the best pasta salads I have made and served. have adapted the recipe from jamie oliver’s website.

this is the first jamie oliver recipe, i tried and it was so good that now i have decided to buy jamie oliver’s cookbooks. i am an avid reader of books (cooking & philosophical) and just one recipe is enough to convince me that the other recipes will also be good.

when i was reading the recipe, what i liked the most was boiling the garlic with pasta and then mashing it and adding to the dressing. the mashed garlic does add a lot of flavor to the pasta.

i made some adaptations like adding balsamic vinegar and using some more herbs. i did not have ingredients like red & yellow cherry tomatoes, so added regular tomatoes.

if possible use smaller shell shaped pasta. i had whole wheat pasta rigatoni (tube shaped pasta) and i felt that they were a bit large for the salad…. but nobody complained thankfully. since i wanted more crunch, i added some onions & lastly garnished the pasta with pomegranate arils.

few more pasta recipes on the blog are:

  1. macaroni pasta
  2. mac and cheese
  3. alfredo pasta
  4. red sauce pasta
  5. white sauce pasta

pasta salad recipe

if you have fresh herbs, then use those and if you have dry herbs, then add that 🙂

so if you love pasta and if you love salads, then do make this pasta salad recipe. its a simple and easy pasta salad recipe and makes for a quick brunch or meals in between.

the pasta salad can also be served as a starter (warm or chilled) when you prepare an italian menu.

pasta salad

5 from 1 vote
this is a simple and easy pasta salad and makes for a quick brunch or meals in between.
pasta salad recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins
Course:side dish
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 125 grams shell shaped pasta or pasta rigatoni (whole wheat or all purpose flour pasta)
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves (lahsun)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 medium size tomato (optional)
  • 1 small cucumber (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon herbes de provence
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil OR ¼ cup chopped basil
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ or 1 tablespoon garlic chives (hara lahsun)
  • 9 to 10 pitted black olives, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • salt as required
  • black pepper powder as required (kali mirch powder)


cooking pasta for pasta salad

  • heat enough water with some salt.
  • when the water starts boiling, add the pasta along with the garlic clove
  • cook the pasta till they are done. drain.
  • to avoid the pasta from sticking to each other, add some oil and stir gently.

making pasta salad

  • in a salad bowl, add all the veggies and herbs. add the pasta and toss.
  • take the cooked garlic clove and mash it in a mortar & pestle.
  • to this add the olive oil, vinegar, salt & pepper.
  • stir the seasoning and add it to the pasta.
  • toss and serve pasta salad garnished with some pomegranate arils.


you can increase or decrease the quantity of herbs as per your preference.
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namaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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  1. Hey
    Can you please add some more recipes of international salads like som tum salad or watermelon salad.