Cold Pasta Salad Recipe with Spring Mix and Tomatoes

A Beautiful and Colorful Meal
Make Everyday Looks Like Spring

This cold pasta salad recipe is so beautiful.  Just looking at it, it makes you so happy already.  Not to mention that it is delicious and filled with a lot of fiber.

Cold Pasta Salad Recipe with Tomatoes and Spring Mix


Total Time:
28-30 Minutes
Prep Time
: 8-10 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 20 Minutes  
Serving: 4-6



You know that I love carbs.  To balance from over consumption, I need to add a lot of vegetables into a pasta or rice dish.  So, here is one of them.

It is super for summer and spring because it is filling and filled with vibrant colors.



CHEF NOTES

There are several twists you can add to this pasta salad dish per your schedule and preference.

First, if you cook any pasta dinner during the week, double the quantity.  Save half of the cooked pasta for making this Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad.  Although the recipe calls for long pasta, you can use any kind and any shape.  Whatever is the most convenient for you, go for it.

The dressing is purposefully made to be light in flavor.  This allows the vegetables and tomatoes to show and shine their fresh flavors.  On a hot summer day, the dressing will not be any concern due to high temperature.

I prefer to add the dressing into the pasta while it is warm because it is the best time for the pasta to soak up the flavors.  If you want to serve the salad cold, chill the pasta, after tossing in the dressing. Then, mix cold pasta with vegetables and tomatoes before serving.  Add more dressing if needed.

Another quick and easy way is to use store bought dressing per your preference.  It is less work for you if you have very tight schedule.  If so, any vinaigrette works best for this salad.


Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - You can bring spring to your dining table

Slice Grape/Cherry Tomatoes In Seconds

To quicken and save your time for cutting the grape tomatoes into halves, use 2 containers lids with rims.  Put as many tomatoes as you can between both lids.  The rims help to keep the tomatoes from running away from you.  Gently press on the top lid and run a sharp knife between the lids.  All grape tomatoes are cut into halves in less than a minute.


Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - Put grape tomatoes on a container lid with rimsPut grape tomatoes on a container lid with rims
Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - Cover with another same size container lidCover with another same size container lid
Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - Press down on the top lid gently and have a sharp knife to cut through between both lidsPress down on the top lid gently and have a sharp knife to cut through between both lids
Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - Grape tomatoes are cut into halves in secondsGrape tomatoes are cut into halves in seconds

Cold Pasta Salad Recipe and Instructions

Ingredients
1 box (5 oz) Pre-washed Spring Mix
1 pint Grape Tomatoes or any colorful combination (cut into halves)
1 lb Linguine (or any kind and shape of paste you have handy)
1 pot of Water
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Canola Oil


Dressing
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 clove (Minced) Garlic
3 tbsp Red Wine/Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil
  2. Add 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp canola oil and pasta
  3. Stir for 2 minutes
  4. Cook until al dente and drain
  5. While waiting for the pasta, whisk all ingredients of dressing together in a separate bowl and put aside
  6. Transfer mixed green to a big salad bowl
  7. Top it with pasta and dressing
  8. Toss to coat; salt and pepper to taste
  9. Add tomatoes on top and serve immediately or serve it cold


Cold Pasta Salad Recipe Steps with Photos

Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - While waiting for the pasta, in a separate bowl, combine all spices and seasonings for the dressingWhile waiting for the pasta, in a separate bowl, combine all spices and seasonings for the dressing
Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - Combine with garlic, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.  Put dressing aside.Combine with garlic, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Put dressing aside.
Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - Transfer pre-washed spring mix to a big salad bowlTransfer pre-washed spring mix to a big salad bowl
Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - Top with cooked pastaTop with cooked pasta
Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - Toss to coat with dressingToss to coat with dressing
Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - Top with grape tomatoes and serve immediatelyTop with grape tomatoes and serve immediately
Spring Mix Tomato Pasta Salad - ENJOY!ENJOY!


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