The New Italian Pasta Salad is a healthy summer recipe. Quick and easy to make!

The New Italian Pasta Salad

Make this healthy pasta salad for your summer BBQ or potluck! Filled with tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, basil & a (5 Ingredient!) homemade Italian dressing.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 573kcal


For the Dressing

  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the Salad

  • 1/2 pound short pasta shapes
  • 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil not packed
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 ounces arugula salad
  • 1 cup mini buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 ounce parmesan shavings


Make the Dressing:

  • Mix all dressing ingredients in a small jar and store it in the fridge until you're ready to use it.

Make the Salad:

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Add all salad ingredients except for the cheeses to a large salad bowl. Toss well. Add the cheeses and carefully toss again (I like to do it this way so the parmesan doesn't break up too much). Add the dressing just before serving (no need to soak this salad!).


Calories: 573kcal