This Easy Vegetable Pasta Salad is one of my go-to summer recipes. It comes together in a snap and can be made ahead of time for a great menu addition!
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Easy Vegetable Pasta Salad

This Easy Vegetable Pasta Salad is one of my go-to summer recipes. It comes together in a snap and can be made ahead of time for a great menu addition!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Julie Kotzbach

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces rotini pasta
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium-sized red onion
  • 1 medium broccoli crown
  • 3/4 cup roasted red pepper Italian dressing
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and then rinse under cool water. Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl and toss with vegetable oil to prevent sticking while you prepare the veggies.
  • Cut each tomato in half lengthwise and add on top of the pasta.
  • Core and seed the bell pepper. Dice the pepper and add it to the pasta bowl.
  • Remove the skin from the onion, cut the onion almost in half (so there are 2 quarter pieces that touch at the root), and then thinly slice the onion. Rinse the onion under cold water and separate into strips. Dry with a paper towel and add to the pasta bowl.
  • Remove the stem from your broccoli and then cut the tops into small, bite-sized pieces. Add to the pasta bowl.
  • Pour the Italian dressing over the vegetables and pasta. Use a wooden spoon to gently toss everything together until well coated in the dressing.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

You can substitute your favorite Italian dressing in this recipe as well. I loved the flavor from the roasted red pepper dressing I used, but my homemade dressing is delicious in this recipe too.