Easy Summer Pasta Salad

Jump to Recipe

Easy Summer Pasta Salad-a simple pasta salad recipe that is perfect for all of your summer BBQ’s and potlucks! 

Easy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com The perfect salad for all of your summer BBQ's and potlucks! #salad

Every summer our neighborhood has a huge BBQ at the park across from our house. We attend every year and this year Josh and I were asked to help with the food. I wonder why…ha! The menu was easy: hamburgers, hot dogs, green salad, pasta salad, chips, watermelon, and ice cream bars for dessert. The only tricky part was making all of this food for 200 people. We had a busy day in the kitchen! It was worth it though because everyone had a great time and enjoyed the food.

The party was a few weeks ago and I am still getting requests for the pasta salad recipe. So instead of writing it down or emailing it out to our neighborhood, I decided to share the recipe on our blog. That is why we have a blog:)

So today you are all getting the Easy Summer Pasta Salad recipe we made for our neighborhood BBQ. I hope this makes you feel like you are part of our neighborhood. I wish you could all really be our neighbors. I could sure use some more cookie samplers:)

Easy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com The perfect salad for all of your summer BBQ's and potlucks! #salad #summer

I love this pasta salad because it is loaded with fresh summer vegetables. It is a great recipe for using up all of the vegetables from your garden or farmers market haul. The vegetables make the salad bright and colorful!

Easy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this easy and healthy pasta salad!

For the salad, we used DeLallo’s Farfalle pasta. I love using butterfly pasta because it is pretty and fun to eat! To the pasta, we added tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, artichokes, fresh basil, and feta cheese. We tossed the salad with balsamic dressing. I cheated and used store bought balsamic dressing since we were making pasta salad for 200 hundred people. You can easily make your own dressing if you wish, but sometimes it’s nice to cheat:)

This Easy Summer Pasta Salad is a great recipe to take to summer BBQ’s and potlucks. It transports well and can be made for the masses. You can easily double, triple, or times this recipe by 10 if you need to. Just make sure you have a big bowl:) We also love eating this pasta salad for lunch or dinner. It is good for any summer meal! Enjoy!

Easy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com The perfect pasta salad for summertime! #salad #vegetarian

Easy Summer Pasta Salad

This Easy Summer Pasta Salad recipe is loaded with summer vegetables and perfect for summer BBQ's and potlucks.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes


  • 1 pound dry pasta we used farfalle
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper seeds removed and diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper seeds removed and diced
  • 1 small orange bell pepper seeds removed and diced
  • 1 large seedless cucumber chopped
  • 1 12 oz jar artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup store bought balsamic dressing use your favorite brand
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain, then rinse with cold water to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pasta, peppers, cucumber, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes. Pour the balsamic dressing over the pasta salad and gently stir to combine. Add the feta cheese and basil and stir again. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Chill until ready to serve.
A simple pasta salad recipe that is perfect for all of your summer BB Qs and potlucks! Save this pin to make this summer pasta salad for dinners and lunches fit for a crowd!

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
Read More

CommentsLeave a reply

  1. I make a recipe similar to this but with fresh mozzarella instead of goat and olive oil instead of balsamic…this sounds delicious too.
    PS I feel like most of my pinterest board is dedicated to you and your fab meals!

  2. This looks delish ! I have never purchased balsamic dressing, so can you help me out with a brand or two you like ? There is nothing like looking at the row of ….dressing or whatever it is that you have never used before….and staring at it forever, not knowing which one to get !

    1. I like Maple Grove Farms brand. When I made the salad for our neighborhood I used Costco’s brand because it was easy to buy in bulk for such a huge salad! It was good!

  3. Hi! I have two huge rounds of Cotija cheese (the two pack from Costco actually, LOL!/Ha!) but no Feta…what do you think about substituting the feta for crumbled or chunked up cotija?? Think it would be tasty?? I really want to make this salad this weekend! It looks really delicious, and pretty too! Thanks! ; )

  4. Looks delicious! Just found out that one of my niece’s besties – Ali from Gimme Some Oven – is your friend too! Small world.

    1. You can make it the night before. Maybe just freshen it up a bit by tossing it with a little more dressing and add some feta and basil on top! Enjoy!

  5. I am making this salad today. So excited to try it! But Smiths was out of jarred artichoke hearts. I’ve never purchased them before. Are the canned ones ok? Or better to make it without?

  6. I have made this a few times because it is soooo good! Definitely take to a potluck or BBQ, as it makes tons!! I shared my first batch with 6 other adults while camping and I was still eating it for days after (leftovers are good, but not as good as fresh). The second time I made just half a batch. I have also made this up two days ahead for camping, but left out feta, basil and dressing until just before serving. I have also made with canned artichokes (very good) and without basil (just as good). I used Trader Joe’s balsalmic dressing. Yum!

  7. I just made this for our labor day cookout and it was a huge hit! I made the balsamic dressing from scratch as we rarely have any store-bought on hand. Thanks for posting so many great recipes 🙂

  8. This looks so delicious. I’m attending a pot luck on Saturday. I want to make this, can you possibly give the recipe for 200 people? Thanks!

  9. Tried this out! I ended up mixing balsamic vinegar and Italian dressing. Turned out amazing !!
    Thank you for the recipe!

  10. This is a delicious and healthful summer salad.  Easy to prepare, after all the pepper dicing, and very attractive on the buffet table. My family loved it!  

  11. I made this salad over the weekend and it was delicious. I appreciate how much detail you share in your recipes. The farfalle pasta was perfect, it holds up well when mixing in the rest of the ingredients. And I took your suggestion (from the comments section) and used Maple Grove Farms balsamic dressing. I’ve been wanting a go-to pasta salad for parties, and this is the one. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *