This Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing is a vibrant and refreshing dish, perfect for picnics, potlucks, or as a light lunch. It combines al dente pasta with an array of colorful vegetables and is tossed in a zesty homemade dressing. This salad is not only delicious but also a visual delight.


For the Salad:

  • 500g of your favorite pasta (like penne or fusilli)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta: Boil the pasta in salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Prepare the vegetables: While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and black olives.
  3. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper until well combined and emulsified.
  4. Combine and toss: In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, prepared vegetables, crumbled feta, and chopped basil. Pour the homemade dressing over the salad and toss until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Chill and serve: Refrigerate the pasta salad for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 320
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 8g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • Serves: 6-8 people

Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing is a delightful dish that’s as tasty as it is colorful. It’s a versatile recipe that can be tailored to your taste preferences or dietary needs. The homemade dressing adds a special touch, making this pasta salad a standout dish at any gathering. Enjoy the freshness and flavors of this wonderful salad!

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