Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad|

Summer is the perfect time for pasta salads, and here we go – this delicious summer Tomato Basil Pasta Salad will please your palate.

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad|

Pasta Salads&Naps. More, please!

As you may know, Andrey is far away for the time being, and needless to say I’ve been missing him. However, he always asks me to try finding positive things even in a dull situation. What kind of positive things you can find in this situation?

They all are definitely about food (And may be more naps.) Even though I like making something good for both of us, there are certain things I can enjoy only by myself. Why not use such an opportunity, right?

I think, this Tomato Basil Pasta Salad is a quintessence of such meals.

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad|

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad|

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

First of all, it’s a pasta salad. Don’t get it wrong. Andrey does like pasta, but he prefers it in an old-fashioned way. He may eat a pasta salad once in a while, but he doesn’t not fully understand how you can enjoy cold pasta.

Next, there are sun-dried tomatoes being added while they are fully and forever banned. In any form. In any shape. In any dish.

What’s the next? Pine nuts. He is ok with them, especially when they are in a bulk store. While he may be fine having them in a salad, Andrey doesn’t like them in any pasta. Weird, isn’t it?

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad|

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad|

And lastly, it’s about ricotta. When it’s a part of a sauce, using ricotta could be accepted, but when sprinkled over pasta – no, thanks! Well, if I had added some blue cheese (Which would be a nice addition), that would have been an absolute win-win-win.

As you see, I am right – this delicious Tomato Basil Pasta Salad is something that I’ve got to enjoy by myself. And you know what? I’m not complaining. And I will be having a lot of pasta salad in the nearest future. Trust me.

Do you like pasta salad? What’s your favorite combo?

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad|

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad|

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Category: Salad, Seasonal, Summer

Servings: 1-2


  • 1 cup cooked medium shape pasta
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and sliced
  • handful of arugula
  • fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh ricotta
  • a good drizzle of each extra virgin olive oil and balsamic
  • 1-2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • black pepper, optional
  • edible flowers, optional


  1. In a bowl combine the pasta, tomatoes, arugula, and basil. Add a drizzle of oil and balsamic. Sprinkle with the pepper if using. You can serve immediately or chill in the fridge 30-60 minutes - the salad will be even better.
  2. Before serving, add the ricotta, pine nuts, and flowers.
  3. Also, you can add some black olives and sliced red onion.
  4. Enjoy!


10 thoughts on “Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

  1. I could easily share a plate of this with you! It’s funny Dave is not a tomato sauce kind of guy so usually when he is away I eat my pasta and sauce. Salads of all kinds or finger foods that use less of the oven and more of the grill are my go to summer eats! This is a beauty.
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  2. Haha! You certainly are making the most out of Andrey being away, Ben! Laura has been away a bit lately, too, and I’ve totally been enjoying all sorts of my favorite foods. Hey, it’s Andrey’s loss and your gain! I’m really loving this summer salad. Pasta salads are huge hits in our house, and we can never keep them around. I like the idea of just dropping fresh ricotta in there, too. Yum!
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