Tuscan Pasta Salad

Tuscan Pasta Salad is an easy pasta salad with sun dried tomatoes, peppers spinach, and olives tossed in a tangy dressing.  This pasta salad is perfect for your next potluck! 

Tuscan Pasta Salad

This recipe was inspired by our local market that creates delicious pasta salads.  I was in the end of my pregnancy and we wanted to have our friends over for a barbecue.  Because I was so uncomfortable and just weeks away from having my baby, I really didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time in preparing for a barbecue.  So I bought this Tuscan Pasta Salad and it was the hit of the BBQ.  I knew that I had to recreate it at home with a few of my personal touches!

This pasta salad is so simple to create but big on flavor.  The original one from our local market just had peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and olives, but adding the spinach gave it an extra pop of color and was the perfect addition.

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This pasta salad was perfect!  It was a great change from the traditional pasta salads and was such a huge hit.  The tuscan flavors came together so well in this easy to make pasta salad.

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It is absolutely perfect for your next potluck or summer gathering.  This salad gets tossed with the best homemade tangy dressing.  I also love that it gets tossed with freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Because cheese is life.  Am I right?

You are going to love this recipe just as much as we did!

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Tuscan Pasta Salad

4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Tuscan Pasta Salad is an easy pasta salad with sun dried tomatoes, peppers spinach, and olives tossed in a tangy dressing. This pasta salad is perfect for your next potluck!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce bowtie pasta cooked and drained in cold water
  • 1 7 ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil drained
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 6.5 ounce can sliced olives
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine pasta, sundried tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, spinach, basil, and parmesan cheese. Toss until combined.
  2. To make the dressing: In a small bowl whisk olive oil, vinegar, water, salt, sugar, oregano, basil, garlic and salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the pasta salad and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Tuscan Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 567 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 525mg22%
Potassium 249mg7%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1215IU24%
Vitamin C 27.1mg33%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Perfect I need a salad for a get together tomorrow, I think this will be perfect! Thanks and congratulations on the new little one!???

  2. 4 stars
    This was good. Would be extra yummy with some mozzarella chunks!! Or even a little rotisserie chicken. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Did you really use a 17 Oz jar of sun dried tomatoes? I am having a difficult time finding more than 1.7 Oz jars. I haven’t made this yet but I found it and it looks really good. We feed 55 xc boys and this might work!!!

  4. 5 stars
    OK made this today and it was AMAZING!! I loved everything about it. I added some bacon and put extra spinach in it so it was more like a green salad. It was so good and it was a hit with my friends!

    1. You will serve this pasta chilled. If you can make it the day of that is preferable. If not, I would recommend leaving the dressing off the and pouring it on the day of that you are serving it. Thanks so much for choosing one of my recipes. XOXO

  5. My guests loved this, even took some home. Excellent recipe. Will make again. Followed recipe exactly except added some thinly sliced salami.

  6. 5 stars
    Excellent! Just the right amount of spice. I added a little lemon juice to the dressing.
    thank you, this is a keeper

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is outstanding. I bought rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and added it. I also did goat cheese! Highly recommend.

  8. Amazing post Alyssa. Your Tuscan Salad Pasta looks delicious. The best part is that you’ve used ingredients that are commonly available. Use of olive oil to make pasta gives it a great flavor. Olive oil has good fats to keep the heart healthy and helps keep blood pressure in check.

  9. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! Absolutely loved it. My husband and I fought over the leftovers. Am planing to make again this weekend for potluck BBQ. Can’t wait to share with family and friends.

  10. I’m having trouble sharing your recipes to Pinterest. Any suggestions? I can share them to Facebook.

    1. Oh no! I am sorry that it is not working properly for you! Thank you for letting me know and wanting to share. I will see what I can do to fix this! Thanks for following along with me! XOXO

  11. By far this is my favorite pasta salad!! It’s so easy to make and so rich in flavor. I’ve done it so many times for gathering and everyone loves it. Thank you so much for such a great recipe xoxo

  12. Went looking for this pasta salad after I tasted it at my local Harmons. Saw you were also from Utah, so this has to be the stuff! Stoked you put together a recipe for it, can’t wait to mix it up!

  13. Alyssa Revers you are a genius! This is very delicious. I made this for lunch today and my friends loved it. Thanks for sharing this yummy Tuscan pasta salad recipe with us.

  14. I have made this several times for my family… it is completely gone every time. Recently I started working as a cook in a small facility that caters to city employees. I am making this tomorrow for a premium salad special that’s how good this is! Of course, The executive chef made a few tweaks to the vinegarette ..(red wine vinegar instead of the white.. and ge said he likes his ratio of oov of 1:1. vanity! Lol… but im sure it will be a hit.. it didn’t taste exactly the same because it had more odd a vinegar kick but still tasted great.. (only made the vinegarette today for the farfalle to kind of soak up the flavor) but will finish it in the morning! Also grilling chicken with it to serve cold on top. I love this so much it’s bookmarked! Thank you!

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