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This easy tuscan pasta salad (perfect for summer bbq’s) is quick to make and bold with flavours! Sundried tomatoes, black & green olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese and a red wine vinegar dressing (with a secret ingredient) make it a delicious side dish!
Hi! My name is Lily and I’m a carb lover  addict. Ok maybe a little dramatic, but look at it! So colourful! Sweet cherry tomatoes, salty olives, zesty artichokes, rich fetta cheese and carb-rich tricolour rotini pasta! It’s a party in my mouth! Make this 1 hour prior or the night before to let the vinaigrette really seep into the pasta noodles and you end up cherishing every bite of this yummy dish.

*Good To Know*

  • Can I use other types of pasta? Any short pasta noodle will work. Penne, Bowtie, Canneroni…etc. What I would suggest is adjusting the amount of vinaigrette you add, especially if the noodles are miniature instead of regular size.
  • Why is there so much vinaigrette in this recipe? I’ve made this dish several times and what I’ve discovered is that the pasta salad becomes really flavourful once it has absorbed all of the vinaigrette while it’s chilling in the fridge. You can reduce the ingredients for the vinaigrette by 50% if your preference is to have less. (I do recommend letting the pasta rest for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving though).
  • What kind of tomatoes can I use? There’s no right or wrong way to use tomatoes in this recipe. It’s a personal preference. For me, the rainbow heirloom cherry tomatoes tasted best but if you prefer red cherry tomatoes or even chopped roma, cocktail or beefsteak tomatoes that is totally ok too. Cherry tomatoes are good because they are bite size and sweeter (again, personal preference).

This dish is super easy! After you cook the pasta according to box instructions (typically 8 to 9 minutes) drain and rinse the pasta with cold water for approximately 30 seconds to slow the pasta from continuing to cook. The pasta should be slightly warm to the touch since this will help the pasta absorb the vinaigrette quickly (if you plan on making this the day of). My suggestion is to fully cook the pasta instead of al dente because once chilled, the pasta is more firm to the bite similar to al dente.

tricolour rotini pasta

So what’s this secret ingredient I used in my vinaigrette, you ask? Powdered chicken stock! You’d be surprised how many uses you have with this little magic dust. Rather than using salt, use the stock powder. It adds amazing flavour to your pasta salad. In case you haven’t noticed from my other posts yet, I am ALL about flavour! Give this a try and see if you like it! If you’re still not fond of the stock powder, substitute it for 1 Tablespoon sea salt (or kosher salt) OR try 1 to 2 Tablespoons vegetable stock powder instead to keep it vegetarian.

vinaigrette

Whether you let the pasta rest for 30 miutes, 1 hour or overnight, I highly recommend letting the pasta chill and rest for one of the previous mentioned times. This will allow the flavours to develop and give the pasta a chance to absorb all of the zesty goodness!

Tuscan Pasta Salad

Tuscan Pasta Salad

Tuscan Pasta Salad

This easy tuscan pasta salad is quick to make and bold with flavours! Sundried tomatoes, black & green olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese and a red vinegar dressing (with a secret ingredient) make it a delicious side dish!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields: 8

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 4 cups (454 g) uncooked tricolour rotini pasta (1 package), (makes 8 cups cooked)
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) marinated quartered artichoke hearts (1 small glass jar), roughly chopped ( save marinade water for vinaigrette)
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) sundried tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup (68 g) sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup (68 g) sliced green olives, drained
  • 1 cup (149 g) cherry tomatoes ( rainbow or red), halved
  • 1 cup (226 g) feta cheese (herb garlic or regular), crumbled

Vinaigrette

INSTRUCTIONS 

Pasta

  • Cook tricolour rotini pasta according to box instructions (cook fully, not al dente). Drain and rinse with cold water for 30 seconds (pasta should still be slightly warm after rinse). Set aside in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add to pasta bowl artichoke, sundried tomatoes, black & green olives, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.

Vinaigrette

  • In a medium mixing bowl add left-over artichoke marinade water, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, chicken stock powder, honey and olive oil. Whisk well to combine and pour into pasta bowl.
  • Mix to combine pasta & vinaigrette with a spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour (or overnight) before serving.
Category: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, salad, tuscan

Tips

Can I use other types of pasta?
Any short pasta noodle will work. Penne, Bowtie, Canneroni…etc. What I would suggest is adjusting the amount of vinaigrette you add, especially if the noodles are miniature instead of regular size.
Why is there so much vinaigrette in this recipe?
I’ve made this dish several times and what I’ve discovered is that the pasta salad becomes really flavourful once it has absorbed all of the vinaigrette while it’s chilling in the fridge. You can reduce the ingredients for the vinaigrette by 50% if your preference is to have less. (I do recommend letting the pasta rest for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving though).
What kind of tomatoes can I use?
There’s no right or wrong way to use tomatoes in this recipe. It’s a personal preference. For me, the rainbow heirloom cherry tomatoes tasted best but if you prefer red cherry tomatoes or even chopped roma, cocktail or beefsteak tomatoes that is totally ok too. Cherry tomatoes are good because they are bite size and sweeter (again, personal preference).
Nutrition Facts
Tuscan Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 836mg36%
Potassium 366mg10%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 319IU6%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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