Veggie Pasta Salad

Veggie Pasta Salad/


This pasta salad is a great addition to any (summer) potluck, wether as a main course or a side dish. Carrots give it some crunch, corn and peas a touch of sweetness, balanced by slightly salty olives and a bit of a kick (or more, if you like) by sprinkling in some tabasco sauce. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6

Prep Time:  20 minutes       Cooking Time: 10-13 minutes


2 cups dry whole grain pasta (I like wholewheat rotini pasta)

1/4 cup Oil-Free Balsamic Dressing

1 cup corn, fresh or frozen, thawed

1 cup peas, frozen, thawed

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2 medium carrots, sliced in half, and then thinly sliced into half moons

1/2 cup (4-5) scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced

½ cup pitted kalamata olives (oil-free), sliced

Tabasco to taste (a few sprinkles)



  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain and very briefly rinse with cold water.
  • Place pasta into a medium serving bowl and add dressing. Toss gently and add a few drops of tabasco. (start slow, you can always add more)
  • Add remaining ingredients, toss well again.
  • Adjust to taste with more dressing and tabasco.
  • Let marinate for at least an hour before serving.


Sometimes I like to add 1 1/2 cups of cooked garbanzo beans (or use  1 15-oz, no-salt-added, BPA-free can, drained & rinsed) for variety

Veggie Pasta Salad/


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