When it’s too hot to go outside, and it’s too hot to move, and it’s definitely too hot to cook, that’s when I make a big bowl of this simple summer pasta salad.
The best thing about this salad, apart from how delicious it is, is how quick and easy it is to make, and you can throw in whatever herbs and veggies you like.
Right now we have lots of tomatoes and cucumbers growing in the garden so I put loads of them in the salad. It’s also great with capsicum, corn, and radish.
The simple dressing is made from mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs (if you have them, if not, dried will do). I like to use lots of dill, basil and chives, but use whatever combo of herbs you like best.
This pasta salad goes great with a BBQ dinner, or just eat a big bowl full for a quick and delicious lunch. My sandwich hating kids take it to school in their lunch boxes (with a cold pack).
- 500g pasta – cooked and cooled
- 1 medium sized cucumber, chopped
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- chopped herbs – dill basil and chives or whatever you like
- Cook, drain and cool the pasta.
- Chop the herbs finely and add them to a large bowl.
- Add the mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, and minced garlic, and mix well.
- Cut the tomato, cucumber and any other veggies of choice in to medium sized chunks.
- Add the pasta and veggies to the bowl and mix well. Add more mayonnaise if needed.
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
Not only is this pasta salad delicious, it’s also easy enough for the kids to cook. So get them busy in the kitchen!