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Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

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Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your summer picnics!

Summer vegetable pasta salad is the perfect side dish for your summer picnics! This summer vegetable pasta salad is the perfect dish to pair with that BBQ chicken!

I don’t think the perfect picnic exists without the perfect accompaniments. Oh sure, BBQ chicken legs, savory cheeseburgers, and chili cheese dogs are always the stars of the show, but a picnic wouldn’t be a picnic without the side dishes.

I’m going to keep things short and sweet today because well, it’s Friday and all, but I couldn’t sail off without praising this summer vegetable pasta salad first.

I love everything about this pasta salad, and it has become a staple around our house this past spring. I normally throw anything I have on hand in the salad. It makes it so versatile. Any vegetable, fruit, and protein can be added to this pasta salad and it would be delicious. Trust me on this. While I decided to throw chicken into the mix, if you are living a vegetarian life, feel free to leave it out.

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your summer picnics!

That’s what makes this salad so perfect. Add anything you want to it! What really sends this pasta salad over the edge however, is the dressing. The dressing is by far my favorite part, and a good pasta salad wouldn’t be a good pasta salad without a good dressing.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoyed creating it for you! Pair it with a pale ale. If you can find a pale ale more on the citrusy side, that will work best. Surprisingly, the hoppiness from a pale ale pairs really well with the fresh fruits veggies! Have a great weekend, friends!

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your summer picnics!

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your summer picnics!

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad


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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound short pasta
  • 2 cups fully cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 3 peaches diced
  • 2 ears of corn corn kernels cut from the cob
  • 3 cups fresh baby arugula
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs diced
  • 8 ounces mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup micro greens garnish


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayo, buttermilk, white wine vinegar, olive oil, hot sauce, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • To a large bowl, toss the pasta, chicken, tomatoes, peaches, corn kernels, arugula, eggs, mozzarella, sunflower seeds, and almonds. Drizzle the dressing on top and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve the summer vegetable pasta salad topped with micro greens. Enjoy!

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your summer picnics!

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10 Responses

  1. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pasta salad for years (I’m picky), but oh my gosh, this sounds like it could be the one – love all of those flavors and add-ins!

  2. This looks totally scrumptious! Love that you’ve added chicken — not sure why I never think to do that! And the greens, too! Nice!

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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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