Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Easy Bruschetta Pasta Salad Recipe

Jun 21, 2021

Easy Bruschetta Pasta Salad Recipe

This easy and tasty Bruschetta Pasta Salad is the perfect summer side dish for any meal, especially potlucks, BBQ's, lunch or dinner! Serve cold for a salad or warm for a meatless main dish! Packed full of flavor from balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, red onion and fresh basil!


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I've always been a huge fan of bruschetta! It's one of my favorite appetizers to order when we go out to eat at a restaurant.

If you aren't familiar with bruschetta, it's a combo of onion, tomato, basil and garlic served on a small piece of toasted baguette and drizzled with balsamic glaze. Caprese Salad is similar, but the ingredients are layered with mozzarella cheese instead of served on a baguette.

This pasta salad is absolutely perfect for summer! Grab some tomatoes, basil and onion from the garden or farmer's market and in 20 minutes, this pasta salad is ready and on the table.

When fresh garden tomatoes aren't available, I always buy campari tomatoes. They are full of flavor for store bought tomatoes and are a perfect substitution.

This recipe can be served cold as a side or warm as a meatless main dish. Instructions for both are included in the recipe card below.

Any pasta such as macaroni, shell, rotini or cavatappi would work great in this recipe. If you have something different on hand, definitely use it.


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What are the ingredients in this recipe?


pasta salad ingredients


  • Pasta
  • Olive Oil: This is a liquid fat obtained from pressing whole mediterranean olives. It's used for cooking, bread dips and making salad dressings. It has a lower smoke point than other oils, so you'll want to use it when cooking at a lower temperature. 
  • Balsamic Vinegar: A very dark, concentrated, and intensely flavored vinegar originating in Italy. It's made from grape must which is freshly crushed grape juice with all the skins, seeds and stems. It has antioxidants, and is usually aged for at least 12 years, up to 25 years in wood barrels. 
  • Fresh Tomatoes: They are technically a fruit since they have seeds, but are prepared or served as a vegetable in savory dishes. They contain lycopene, which has great health benefits, vitamin c, potassium and folate. They are served fresh or cooked and can be roasted, canned, dehydrated or frozen for use later.
  • Red Onion
  • Fresh Basil: Also called sweet basil and is an annual herb in the mint family. It's a great source of vitamin k, vitamin a, magnesium and iron. It has a sweet smell with a peppery taste. Click here to learn how to chiffonade basil.
  • Garlic: It's a part of the onion, leek and chive family. It's great for heart health and contains many vitamins and minerals.


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Full recipe located below


Recipe tips:


  • Start with one tablespoon each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If you prefer a saucier salad, add an extra 1/2 tablespoon of each oil and vinegar at a time until you reach your desired amount.
  • Store up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
  • You can serve this recipe warm as a main dish pasta. Do not rinse pasta after cooking. Warm a skillet over medium heat, then add ingredients as directed. Cook for 5 minutes or until heated through.





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Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 20 Min

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked pasta
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, to personal preference
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, to personal preference
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup basil, loosely packed
  • parmesan cheese, salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook your pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. 
  2. Chiffonade the basil by stacking several leaves on a cutting board and then rolling into a tube shape. Use a sharp knife to cut the basil into strips.
  3. Place the pasta in a large bowl and add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Taste and adjust the olive oil and balsamic to personal preferences. See note below.
  4. Stir in the minced garlic until evenly distributed.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, red onion, and basil. Gently stir until combined.
  6. Season to taste with parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper, if desired.
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an air tight container until serving.

Notes:

Start with one tablespoon each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If you prefer a saucier salad, add an extra 1/2 tablespoon of each oil and vinegar at a time until you reach your desired amount.


Store up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator.


You can serve this recipe warm as a main dish pasta. Do not rinse pasta after cooking. Warm a skillet over medium heat, then add ingredients as directed. Cook for 5 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

192.31

Fat (grams)

5.68

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.92

Carbs (grams)

29.61

Fiber (grams)

2.87

Net carbs

26.73

Sugar (grams)

3.24

Protein (grams)

5.72

Sodium (milligrams)

86.68

Cholesterol (grams)

0.72

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