Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian pasta salad is very simple in nature, easy to make and a winner at any occasion.

This Italian pasta salad recipe is all about simple ingredients. If more people would KIS (keep it simple) there would be a lot less stress and more fun in this world! And this Italian pasta salad is all about bringing more peace in your life and to this world.

When you have made this Italian pasta salad the next step is to make your own pasta salad! We will teach you the basics to become a chef of your own! Feel free to substitute any of the ingredients with what you like.

This Italian pasta salad is not a vegetarian recipe; however feel free to skip the fish. The flavors in this recipe are so good that it doesn’t need to harm an animal.

Italian Pasta Salad

Techniques you’ll learn with this recipe

  • How to use pesto as an easy dressing
  • What fresh herbs you can use to make an Italian pasta salad.
  • When to add fresh herbs to keep them crunchy!
  • Why you should toss with hands instead of stir with a spoon!

With the recipe you want to invest

  • About 25 minutes in the kitchen to prepare
  • About $10 for a 4 person salad

Italian Pasta Salad step-by-step

Okay, you got this. It doesn’t get easier and tastier than this! If you like fish that it! With this meal you’re sure to make an impression. And it will teach you great basic cooking skills while making this recipe!

Ingredients for an Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredient How much Imperial How much Metric
Olive oil 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon
Water to boil pasta A big pan A big pan
Bow tie pasta 10 ounces 300 grams
Green Pesto 4 ounce 120 ml
Onion 1 big onion 1 big onion
Rocket 4 ounces 150 grams
Cherry tomatoes 4 ounces 150 grams
Capers 1 ounce 30 grams
Olives 3-4 ounces 100 grams
Tuna 1 can 1 can
Anchovies 1 ounce 30 grams
Fresh Basil 2 ounces 60 grams
Salt & Pepper A Pinch A Pinch

Italian Pasta Salad Preparation

  • Cut the onion in thin rings! The thinner, the better! Otherwise the taste of the onion is too strong!
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half
  • Take all the leaves from the basis and wash gently

Italian Pasta Salad Cooking Instructions

  1. Start cooking the pasta al Dente. Read here how to cook pasta to perfection.
  2. We want the pasta to be cold, so you can just drain when ready!
  3. When you have drained the pasta you can add the pesto, make sure it’s all around and in the Penne!
  4. Add the other ingredients and give it a gentle stir:
    1. Onion
    2. Cherry Tomatoes
    3. Green Olives
    4. Tuna
    5. Anchovies
    6. Capers
    7. Some Salt & Pepper
  5. When you are ready to eat the Italian Pasta Salad, add the rocket and the fresh basil. Use your hands to toss and mix the ingredients. A spoon may damage the rocket and basil leaves!