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Summer Veggie Pasta Salad

Posted on: 15th July 2013

Posted in: Main dishes, Recipes, Salads, Weaning

This is my homemade vegetarian pasta salad recipe; perfect for the summer. It makes a lovely side accompaniment to a BBQ, and has a sweet taste thanks to the lovely moist dressing. I estimate this recipe would make enough for 12 generous servings as a side dish. It’s nice and quick to make – cheap too, as it contains no meat. So it will make your veggie friends and your pocket happy.


  • 250g dry pasta (fusili, penne or farfalle works nicely)
  • 1/2 courgette
  • 1 pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 150 ml water
  • 100ml red wine vinegar (white would also work)
  • 80g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Shake of salt and pepper


  • Cook the pasta, then drain
  • While pasta is cooking, cut the pepper and courgette into large chunks and lightly fry with a dribble of olive oil, under the courgette are golden
  • chop at onion and add to the courgette/pepper mix
  • Mix the pasta and veggies together and leave to cool
  • To make the dressing, add the water, red wine vinegar, sugar, mustard, oil, salt and pepper into a jug and whisk together until the sugar has dissolved
  • Add the dressing mixture to the pasta/veggies and chill in the fridge until you are ready to use it


This recipes makes 12 generous servings as a side dish

Cost per serving

The entire ingredients cost £2.25 (although I saved money on my courgette because it was homegrown) – that’s only 19p per serving!

Nutritional information

Each serving contains 120kcal, 2g fat, and 7g sugar

Tips / Serving suggestions

You don’t have to use courgettes and pepper. I have used chopped onion, cherry tomatoes and cucumber before – this would make the dish even cheaper to make, and requires no cooking apart from the pasta

summer veggie pasta salad

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