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Tomato Pasta Salad

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Tomato Pasta Salad with whole wheat or gluten free pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers, feta cheese, fresh parsley or dill and garlic. It is 20 minute crowd pleaser!

We love summer salads like Italian pasta salad, tomato mozzarella salad and healthy pasta salad!

Tomato Pasta Salad in a bowl garnished with parsley

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.

Pasta dishes are our sanity because kids love pasta! If you household is anything like ours, make sure to try our wildly popular 10 minute spaghetti recipe, healthy mac and cheese or ground turkey pasta bake.

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 and Italian pasta 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.

Tomato Pasta Salad ingredients; tomatoes, cilantro, red pepper, feta, pasta, olive oil and garlic

Ingredients for Tomato Pasta Salad

  • Tomatoes: I used beefsteak tomatoes from latest farmers market haul. Roma, cherry, heirloom, grape or round yellow “taxi” tomatoes would work too.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Feta cheese: Salty crumbled cheese. You can also use mozzarella balls or chopped fresh mozzarella. Either goes amazing with garlic and parsley.
  • Fresh herbs: You can use fresh finely chopped parsley, dill or basil. It gives a lot of flavor with no calories.
  • Seasonings: Garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

How to Make Tomato Pasta Salad

  • Prep veggies: Chop tomato, bell pepper, parsley and grate garlic. You can also start boiling water for cooking pasta at same time.
  • Cook pasta: You want to cook pasta in a large amount of water with salt so it doesn’t stick together. And cook al dente, firm to a bite.
  • Combine and toss: No need to let pasta cool. On the contrary, when warm pasta hits feta cheese, it melts it into delicious garlicky creamy sauce, kind of. A bit of pasta water transferring with pasta is fine.

sliced in half tomatoeschopped tomatoes on a cutting boardsliced in half bell pepperschopped bell peppers

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

More Tips and Variations

  • Sharp knife: The most important tip I can share about chopping tomatoes – use sharp knife to cut through their skin without creating a mush.
  • Crumble your own feta: Buy a block, crumble to avoid preservatives and save money. Store-bought feta cheese contains anti-caking agents.
  • Cook pasta al dente: Reduce your usual pasta cook time by 2-3 minutes. Nobody likes mushy pasta salad.
  • For cucumber tomato pasta salad: Seed 1/2 long English cucumber, chop and add to salad.

Enjoy!

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Tomato Pasta Salad Recipe

Tomato Pasta Salad

Tomato Pasta Salad

Tomato Pasta Salad with whole wheat or gluten free pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers, feta cheese, fresh parsley or dill and garlic. It is 20 minute crowd pleaser!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

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 any short whole wheat or gluten free pasta 8 oz, uncooked

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Cook pasta as per package instructions undercooking by 2-3 minutes or until pasta is al dente, cooked but firm. Drain.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Notes

    • Sharp knife: The most important tip I can share about chopping tomatoes - use sharp knife to cut through their skin without creating a mush.
    • Crumble your own feta: Buy a block, crumble to avoid preservatives and save money. Store-bought feta cheese contains anti-caking agents.
    • Cook pasta al dente: Reduce your usual pasta cook time by 2-3 minutes. Nobody likes mushy pasta salad.
    • For cucumber tomato pasta salad: Seed 1/2 long English cucumber, chop and add to salad. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 449mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2737IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      Just by looking at the list of ingredients, you wouldn’t think it, but this salad is FULL of flavors! This recipe will definitely be on repeat in our household. And its such a great side to bring to a family gathering, party or BBQ. Everyone will love it!

    2. 5 stars
      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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