Essential Recipe: Herbed Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a staple for outdoor events and is a great way to feed a lot of people without spending a lot of money. This delicious and tangy pasta salad is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Display in a decorative bowl for a lovely presentation.

Submitted by Melissa Loughney, Texas

“This is a great pasta salad for a potluck or picnic since there’s not any mayo!”

Essential Recipe- Herbed Pasta Salad

1 (16oz) pkg. bow-tie pasta
2 cups grape tomatoes, quartered
7 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 medium sweet yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1/2 cup of pickled banana pepper rings
1 (2 1/4 oz) black olive slices
8 slices salami, chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, thinly shredded


3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 drops Basil essential oil



  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients leaving dressing until last.
  3. Mix dressing ingredients in a blender until emulsified.


  4. Toss dressing with pasta until coated. Cover and refrigerate for one hour to allow flavors to mingle.



  5. Serve in a large bowl and enjoy!


Serves 18

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