Creamy Italian Pasta Salad – a Perfect Summer Recipe

by Kari S.. LAST UPDATED ON
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Are you looking for the perfect summer recipe? This Creamy Italian Pasta Salad comes together in just a few minutes and leftovers make a delicious lunch.
It’s summertime and the living is easy. The kids are getting out of school and we all get a different kind of busy for the next few months. If you are like me, you turn on the oven as little as possible during the warm summer months. I’m still feeding my family good food but I simplify things and look for “cook once, serve twice” types of meals. What are some of your favorite food items to purchase during the summer?
 
If you like to cook with fresh, healthy and high quality ingredients with an eye on your food budget (like me), you need to take a look at ALDI.
I live in Southern California where ALDI has recently opened 25 new stores.  My sister Lynn lives on the east coast and is an enthusiastic ALDI fan. She and her oldest daughter eat gluten-free and she loves their liveGfree® products. Lynn said that her husband and her non- GF younger daughter happily eat the liveGfree® foods too which makes her life so much easier.
ALDI now in SoCal

Although I like to buy organic and healthy food, I am also a careful shopper. Now with ALDI in town, I don’t have to worry about overspending. I found their prices to be surprisingly good. ALDI Shoppers can save up to 50%* on grocery bills because about 90% of what they sell are ALDI exclusive brands. They test them regularly to make sure that they taste just as good, if not better than the national (more expensive) brands. *Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.The SimplyNature® line is one of the most popular ALDI exclusive brands and I can see why. I used the SimplyNature® Creamy Italian Dressing in my pasta salad recipe and it’s one of the best Italian dressings I have ever tasted!

This Creamy Italian Pasta salad comes together in just a few minutes and what I love is that it’s equally good served cold the next day for lunch. It’s also a great take along meal for picnics, summer concerts and movies under the stars. 
Italian Pasta Salad recipe
The tri-colored pasta along with the orange pepper, red onion,  Roma tomatoes and the mini-cucumbers make this Creamy Italian Pasta Salad a feast for the eyes too!
easy summer meal Italian Pasta Salad recipe
ALDI has all the fresh summer produce you love! Be sure and try their  SimplyNature® line and come back and tell us if you love it as much as we do!
SimplyNature® salad dressings ALDI
If you have leftovers, it makes a great lunch for tomorrow!
Pasta Salad lunch recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Creamy Italian Pasta Salad
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box (12 oz) Reggano Tri-Colored Rotini Pasta
  • 2 Mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can (6oz) Tuscan Garden Pitted Olives, drained and chopped
  • 1 package (8 oz) Priano Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Orange pepper, diced
  • ½ Fresh red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup SimplyNature® Creamy Italian Dressing
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water immediately. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, cheese, pepper and onion. Mix well.
  3. Stir in pasta and mix well.
  4. Add 1 cup of dressing and salt and pepper to taste.

Check for the closest ALDI here in the store finder.  They are one of the fastest growing retailers in the country and  plan to open more than 2,000 stores nationwide by the end of 2018. If you do not have one in your location, stay tuned! Right now ALDI has stores in 34 states.

You can find out the ALDI weekly specials and promotions on their website. You can also keep up to date on new stores openings, new offers and more when you follow ALDI on  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on the ALDI Blog. Find recipes from the ALDI Test Kitchen at aldi.us for more inspiration.

Are you already an ALDI shopper?  If so, I would love to hear your feedback and learn your favorite products too!

Jeanette

I’m always looking for something different to eat. This one looks good! I’m not a huge of pasta salad fan but this one definitely looks like the exception to that rule. I will be trying this very soon.

Stacie @ Divine Lifesytle

That looks absolutely delicious. I make pasta salad with our dinners quite frequently. It’s a great side.

Mimi Greeen

Yummy! I love salad, but I always eat a lot more of it during the warm months. I like the idea of putting it in a mason jar. I don’t need to be eating out.

William Sweeney

This pasta salad looks delicious!! One of my favorite things about summer time bbqs is side dishes like this pasta salad.!

Jamie

What a cute presentation in the jar! I love a good pasta salad, especially in the summer.

Bonnie @wemake7

This looks fantastic! I was thinking of a way to make a great salad for my sons bday party tomorrow and am going to try your recipe. =)

Stephanie Pass

I love shopping at Aldi for their great prices. Italian salads are my favorite, and this one looks awesome!

Kathy

I make a very similar pasta salad like this all the time. It tastes so good too. I love having it for birthday parties and get togethers.

Ann Bacciaglia

I am going to get the ingredients i need to make this tomorrow. It looks so delicious and easy to make.

ricci

This looks like a really yummy pasta salad!! I am totally into pasta salad lately but have never made my own, I just may have to try this one!!

Michelle Cantu

This salad looks delish. I love summer pasta salads, they are perfect for any day.

Lynndee

Both the hubs and I love pasta salads. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Bet it’s delicious. Yum!

Travel Blogger

Oh my gosh yum! That looks so good. I make something similar and its always a hit.

Maggie branch

I love aldi and love the Gfree brand! It is high quality and there are so many different products. Your creamy pasta salad looks awesome! Simply perfect for summer!

Tiffany Hathorn

I love pasta salad! Especially during the summer. I used to shop at Aldi’s when we lived in Baltimore, but they don’t have one where I live now.

CourtneyLynne

Ooooo this pasta salad looks delicious!!! Definitely going to be giving your recipe a try! Yummy!!!

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