Lemon Pasta Salad with Tomato and Basil

July 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

Headed to a potluck, block party or picnic?  This pasta salad is great for just that occasion because it won’t spoil in the heat.  This is super quick and easy to make.  You can whip this up in just about 30 minutes or so.

Lemon Pasta with Tomato and Basil

  • 10 oz. dried spiral pasta
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Bring water to a boil in large pot.  Cook pasta for about 8 minutes.   While pasta is cooking, mix together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.  Drain pasta.  Pour dressing over pasta and chill for 20 minutes or so in fridge.  Meanwhile, cut tomatoes into quarters and chop basil. Set aside.   After pasta has cooled, add the tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese.  Toss to coat.  Serve.

Update 7/4/2012 – Optional change: Made this once again for Independence Day block party.  I substituted the parmesan cheese for fresh mozzarella.  It was like a caprese pasta salad.  YUM!


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