Cool, fuss-free foods are always welcome during the summer and this easy pasta salad is exactly that. Made with a flavorful sun-dried tomato dressing and fresh basil, this easy pasta salad recipe has the great taste and convenience of a perfect summer dish.
When making classic pasta salad, you can use virtually any type of pasta that you enjoy or have on hand. You can use macaroni to create a macaroni pasta salad or the commonly-used fusilli pasta. Either way, you’ll want to cook your pasta first then let it cool so that you’re eventually serving a cold pasta salad.
For the pasta salad dressing recipe, we opted for a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette that lightly coats the pasta. You can add ingredients like mayonnaise to make a creamy pasta salad recipe or switch up the ingredients in favor of making a pesto pasta salad.
There are so many cold pasta salad ideas to try that figuring out which one is the best pasta salad recipe is really a matter of preference. We love this easy pasta salad because of the sun-dried tomatoes and minimal effort required to make it.
While learning how to make pasta salad is pretty simple, we’re biased to this recipe because the dressing is made effortlessly in a food processor. We also love all the pasta salad ingredients that are shared here, including the previously mentioned sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, and diced feta cheese.
In general, when making pasta salads, it’s best to make them ahead of time and let the pasta marinate in the dressing overnight. This will give time for all the flavors to meld together and produce a better-tasting pasta salad.