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Primavera Pasta Salad – Fraiche Living

Primavera Pasta Salad – Fraiche Living

Summer dining demands pasta salad! This Primavera Pasta Salad is filled to the brim with veggies and stores well in the fridge, making it the perfect make ahead dish to serve on patios and for potlucks.

Tori holding a bowl of primavera pasta salad

What is Primavera Pasta Salad?

Primavera is Italian for spring! A primavera pasta is typically a medley of vibrant spring vegetables either raw or blanched mixed with cooked pasta and a light sauce or dressing. It seems only natural to transform it into a salad, right?

primavera pasta salad ingredients in a bowl

I mean look at this salad?! It’s like eating the rainbow! I chose all the veggies that I know my family loves (I encourage you to do the same), making this an instant crowd pleaser and kid-friendly favourite.

What Pasta is Best for Pasta Salad?

Of course you can use any noodle, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a favourite! Short pasta cuts like macaroni, rotini, farfalle (bow-tie), cavatappi or even penne are great for pasta salad. Their small shape mimics the size of other ingredients, making it easy to eat.

How to Make the Best Pasta Salad

Here are a couple tried-and-true tips of mine to master the best pasta salad, every time.

  • Salt your water. Salting your pasta water for cooking pasta is essential. Have you heard the saying that you need to cook your pasta in water “salty as the sea”? It seasons your pasta from the inside out.
  • Don’t overcook your pasta! You want it to be al dente or “to the bite”.
  • Pick the right pasta. Like I said above, I love using smaller pasta noodles to make it easier to eat!
  • Prep ahead (it tastes better). One of the best parts about pasta salad is that it tastes better made in advance! Letting it rest in the fridge allows the flavours to marry together. Yum!
primavera pasta salad in a bowl with vibrant vegetables

Looking for more simple pasta salad recipes? Here are a couple I love! This Italian Pasta Salad or Grilled Corn Pasta Salad are amazing! Over on Fraiche Table we have this Tortellini Pasta Salad and Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad are also must-tries.

Primavera Pasta Salad

Primavera Pasta Salad

This Primavera Pasta Salad is light, fresh and stores super well in the fridge, making it perfect to make ahead for any occasion big or small.

Ingredients

  • 3
    cups
    dry rotini pasta
    (or similar shape)
  • 2
    tablespoons
    olive oil
  • 1/4
    cup
    diced red onion
  • 1
    cup
    grated peeled carrot
  • 2
    cups
    broccoli florets
  • 1
    cup
    diced bell pepper
  • 1
    cup
    diced tomato
  • fresh chopped parsley
    to garnish
  • 1/4
    cup
    grated parmesan cheese
    to garnish
  • salt & pepper
    to taste

Classic Italian Dressing (makes 1/2 cup)

  • 1/4
    cup
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 2
    tablespoons
    white wine vinegar
  • 2
    tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • 1
    teaspoon
    honey
  • 1 /2
    teaspoon
    Dijon mustard
  • 1
    clove
    garlic
    minced
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 1
    tablespoon
    finely chopped fresh parsley
  • pinch
    salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. Toss with the olive oil to coat and set aside.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, whisk together the Classic Italian Dressing ingredients.

  3. Once the pasta is cooled, toss with the red onion, carrot, broccoli, bell pepper, tomato, and the Classic Italian Dressing (to taste). Garnish with the parsley and parmesan cheese. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.