by Olena

Tomato Pasta Salad

by Olena

5 from 3 reviews

Tomato Pasta Salad in a bowl garnished with parsley

Healthy Pasta Salad

The best part about this tomato pasta salad is that it tastes juicy, flavourful and fresh any time of the year.

End of summer, I use local beefsteak or roma tomatoes, and in winter greenhouse grown tomatoes on the vine are flavourful and sort of affordable.

If you are a Costco lover like me (my healthy Costco shopping list), you can buy that big tub of grape tomatoes (often just $1-2 more than conventional) and make this healthy pasta salad with feta cheese, bell pepper, parsley or dill, and olive oil year round.

Tomato Pasta Salad ingredients

Is Pasta Salad Healthy?

Yes, I do think pasta salad can be healthy. No white pasta drowning in mayo but I consider my healthy pasta salad, Greek yogurt pasta salad and healthy ramen noodle salad healthy. It is all about balance, moderation and loading your meals with whole foods and real food to your best ability.

And this tomato pasta salad fits my healthy criteria: whole grain pasta, locally grown tomatoes, parsley and garlic; and conventional feta cheese because it’s life.

What Goes In Tomato Pasta Salad?

Tomatoes

It’s the end of summer, so to make this tomato feta pasta salad I used beefsteak tomatoes from my last farmers market haul. Roma, cherry, grape or round yellow “taxi” tomatoes would work too. I can’t justify spending twice more money on heirloom tomatoes, but you can use those if they are at your disposal.

The most important tip I can share about chopping tomatoes – use sharp knife to cut through their skin without creating a mush. You should also give my tomato and red onion salad with garlicky Greek yogurt a try. So good! I love tomatoes!

sliced in half tomatoeschopped tomatoes on a cutting board

Bell Peppers

A few finely chopped red bell peppers add flavour, more vegetable content and a hefty dose of vitamin C that boosts your immune system. This tomato feta pasta salad hands down contains more vegetables than pasta. I told you it’s healthy.

sliced in half bell pepperschopped bell peppers

Pasta

I recommend using any short pasta like penne, fusilli, corkscrew, orzo etc. As long as it’s whole grain, whole wheat, brown rice or gluten free, it contains more fiber and nutrients than white semolina pasta.

Important thing to note though – gluten free doesn’t mean healthy. There are so many products on the market that are free of gluten and are yet junk food. Eating gluten free scone vs. white flour one doesn’t automatically make it a healthy choice.

So, I am mentioning gluten free pasta for those with diagnosed celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and because pasta is one of those very few gluten free man made products that 99% of time is healthy because it is made from quinoa, brown rice or legumes. It is also more expensive.

cooked pasta in a pot with water

The Rest

Salads are the best way to enjoy health benefits raw extra virgin olive oil has to offer. It is not ideal for cooking because it is not high heat withstanding oil, making coconut and avocado oils much better choices => 3 healthy cooking oils I use. So, I always use olive oil for salads.

pasta, parsley, tomatoes, bell pepper, cheese in a bowl with a spoon

Last word is on feta cheese because as much as I’m into buying organic on a budget meat and dairy, organic feta cheese is very expensive in my neck of the woods. So, I considered the balance factor and bought a big tub at Costco, divided it between Ziploc bags and froze. It will last us a while, won’t break the bank and will be outnumbered by all other organic, local and pesticide free foods we eat daily.

Enjoy!

Tomato Pasta Salad Recipe

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Tomato Pasta Salad

5 from 3 reviews

Tomato Pasta Salad Recipe made healthy with whole wheat or gluten free pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers, feta cheese, fresh parsley or dill and garlic.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stove+Chop
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ripe tomatoes, cut into 1” cubes
  • 3 large red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley or dill, finely chopped
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups (8 oz) any short whole wheat or gluten free pasta, uncooked

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, add ingredients as you are preparing them in the above listed order: tomatoes, bell peppers, parsley, feta cheese, garlic, olive oil and pepper.
  2. Cook pasta as per package instructions undercooking by 2-3 minutes or until pasta is al dente, cooked but firm. Add cooked pasta directly from the pot to salad bowl, this will allow hot pasta to melt feta cheese a bit and help flavours marry each other. A bit of pasta water transferring with pasta is fine.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and gently stir pasta salad just enough to combine. Serve warm or cold.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 days.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I serve this warm as a pasta dinner and it is absolutely delicious. Then my son eats the leftovers cold as a salad. A very versatile recipe and super quick and easy.

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