Tuscan Pasta Salad

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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 in a white bowl.

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.

Tuscan Pasta Salad ingredients.

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.

Tuscan Pasta Salad in a bowl.

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!

Tuscan Pasta Salad close up.

Tuscan Pasta Salad

4.63 from 16 votes
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!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 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


  • 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


  • In a large bowl combine pasta, sundried tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, spinach, basil, and parmesan cheese. Toss until combined.
  • To make the dressing: In a small bowl whisk olive oil, vinegar, water, salt, sugar, oregano, basil, garlic and salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the pasta salad and serve.


Serves: 6

Calories567kcal (28%)Carbohydrates59g (20%)Protein13g (26%)Fat31g (48%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol7mg (2%)Sodium525mg (22%)Potassium249mg (7%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar4g (4%)Vitamin A1215IU (24%)Vitamin C27.1mg (33%)Calcium115mg (12%)Iron1.5mg (8%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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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. I love the Tuscan pasta salad from Harmon’s as well so I am looking forward to trying your recipe. I noticed that their recipe listed red wine vinegar and also dijon mustard so I am going to incorporate those in my salad. Thanks so much!

  2. I made this for dinner tonight for my parents and it was gone by the end of dinner. It is insanely delicious! I did halve the recipe because there is three of us but it is so delicious. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Quick, easy and other than the pasta, no cooking which is what I like. I’m not a fan of changing recipes right out of the gate but I do not like homemade salad dressings. For me, too much of a vinegar taste. I know I can make adjustments but by the time I’m done, I have a gallon of salad dressing that I don’t like. So I use the bottled stuff from the grocery store. After one round with this recipe I made one change from the canned sliced olives to a Greek pitted olive mix from the olive bar at the grocery store. The one thing I learned is that the salad dressing will be absorbed by the pasta over night so be careful that you don’t go too far over the al dente for the pasta. Other than that it’s one of my favorites

  4. I made this very simple dish for a celebration of life it was very easy to make and it was delish! I did do one other thing and that was I used the oil from the sundries tomatoes and olive oil it really boosted the flavor of the salad and everyone loved the salad! ? Thank you

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. haha! You are so sweet! Thank you for the nice compliment. I am glad that you enjoyed it and shared it with your friends! Thanks for following along with me!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. This looks great! I plan to add chickpeas for protein and omit the Parmesan cheese to make it vegan.

  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

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