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I love summer entertaining whether it be a simple backyard BBQ, a really fun clambake or hosting a milestone celebration. Today I’m sharing with you my really simple, tasty and colorful Italian Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad PLUS The Perfect Party Invite!
I am totally guilty myself of sometimes falling into the habit of making the same side dishes over and over again. In an effort to shake things up I love to play with different pasta salad recipes like this Italian Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad. We live in NJ so the Jersey tomato is something I look forward to every summer and thats where the idea for this pasta salad came from. I make a really simple Italian Tomato Cucumber salad very frequently enjoying the local produce so I figured why not toss with some pasta for a fantastic pasta salad!
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Ok so about this Italian Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad- it really is the perfect side dish for whatever you are celebrating this summer! Its easy to throw together, the colors are great and its delicious. What more else could you ask for? Besides, I sure love any dish that uses fun pasta shapes like farfalle. I cook the pasta to al dente, drain and cool. In the meantime I simply dice up some tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion. Toss everything together with your favorite Italian salad dressing, some fresh chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Its that simple! We LOVED it and I know that everyone is going to love it at our next BBQ.
- 1 lb farfalle pasta, cooked to al dente, drained and cooled
- 1 large English cucumber, cut into half circles
- 3 tomatoes, medium dice
- ½ a small red onion, small diced
- a palm full of fresh chopped parsley
- approx. ⅓ cup Italian salad dressing
- salt & pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta to al dente, drain and allow to cool completely.
- Toss the cooled pasta in a bowl with the cucumber, tomato, red onion, parsley, dress, salt and pepper. I like to make this the night before serving allowing all the flavors to mesh.
- Serve cold.
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