Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Basil Summer Salad

I saw a simple but delightful recipe on Mothering with Creativity and it made my mouth water.  I decided to make her recipe with my own twist . . . something you can do too.  It's Basil Summer Salad.

The key to this salad is BASIL.  Fresh basil.  Go get some.

Basil Summer Salad
2-3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 can of black olives, sliced in half
1 cup fresh basil leaves (you can chop them if you want)
2-3 TB Parmesan cheese
2 TB olive oil
1 TB apple cider vinegar, if desired
garlic to taste (powder or minced is fine)
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups of pasta noodled, cooked and drained

 Chop tomatoes, cukes, and olives.  Add LOTS of basil leaves, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper.  Make sure it's all well coated.  I think this would make even a great salad on it's own like this.  Just add a little more vinegar.

Then stir in some pasta noodles of your choice.  These are No Yolk Noodles.

 I also add some mozzarella cheese chunks.  I put them in right before serving so they don't get soggy.  This night I actually used cheese sticks (cuz that's all I had).  Still good.

Make sure it's all mixed in well.



  1. pinning this, it looks perfect for me for summer meals, even if I'm the only one who will eat it.

    1. Haha! Maybe if you chop the basil leaves really small! Lol! Good luck!

  2. This looks wonderful! I love basil, and I cannot wait to try this out!

  3. I'm always looking for recipes to make that have basil in them. I planted my own this summer and am really excited about it. This looks like it would be a great potluck recipe. I will give it a try real soon.

  4. Yum, I just love pasta recipes that are so light and fresh and this one certainly ticks the box. Looks delicious :-)

    Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Monday at Smart Party Planning. Hope we see you again next week :-)

  5. 2 years later and I still come to your blog to get this recipe! LOVE THIS!!! -Rachel Graham

    1. Haha! Thanks Rachel!! I totally appreciate your support. Miss you!


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