Zesty Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

Nothing says summer like a cookout and some pasta salad. But when it comes to pasta salads, I am picky. There are so many ways to make a pasta salad I like my pasta salad very light with specific veggies. Years ago, a friend served this pasta salad at a party, and it was the first time I found myself really loving pasta salad. I asked her for the secret and she told me Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing. Since then, this is the only way I make pasta salad.

Zesty Pasta Salad

So when Kraft asked me to share a summer recipe using Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing, I knew exactly what recipe to share.

Zesty Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

  • 1 bottle of Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 1 Box of Pasta (I use mini rotini)
  • Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 bag of baby carrots
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 mini can of black olives
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts

Serving size – 12 +

Pasta Salad Zesty Italian

This recipe is best prepared the day before. 

To prepare – chop, chop, chop! The most time-consuming process is chopping all of the veggies.

Boil the pasta per instructions. Then dump all of your chopped veggies into a giant bowl, and I mean giant! Sprinkle Italian seasoning over pasta and veggies and mix until the entire mixture is lightly coated. Next pour in half of a bottle of Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing and mix well. Set in refrigerator overnight to allow pasta to soak up the dressing.

The next day, add the rest of the bottle of dressing and serve.

What makes pasta salad so great is that if you don’t like one of the veggies listed, feel free to leave it out or substitute.

Pasta Salad Picnic

This summer, get Zesty with Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing and The Zesty Guy. Follow Kraft Dressing on Facebook and The Zesty Guy on Twitter.


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This post is brought to you buy Kraft, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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