Spicy pasta salad. Delight your family and friends with this vibrant salad powered with the goodness of beautiful summer veggies. A generous drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette adds a wow factor to this flavorful salad. It’s definitely a must-try!
Pasta salad is hands down one of my most favorite ways to celebrate summer. As spring is fast approaching in this part of the world, I think it’s the best way to welcome warm weather and enjoy the best produce the season has to offer.
Enter this spicy pasta salad. A vibrant combo of pasta and summer veggies with a generous drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.
Ok, first, the pasta. Choose your favorite kind of pasta. Simple as that! Easy, right? Or better yet, make your own pasta. I know, life is super busy, so let’s make this pasta salad with store bought pasta. I decided to go with small spirals, but feel free to use any kind of pasta you have on hand.
Whenever I make salads, lots and lots of fresh vegetables and herbs is a must addition for me. So I added a wide array of veggies to this spicy pasta salad including bell peppers (capsicums), cucumbers, red onions and cherry tomatoes. This salad is certainly eye-catching with all these summer colors. Make sure you use fresh veggies to bring in that added layer of deliciousness and freshness to the whole dish.
I also added a handful of parsley to this salad. I think the green pop of color is just amazing. You know, I love a generous sprinkle of herbs in every dish I make. And the final touch of red chili flakes? It just completes this spicy pasta salad.
Next up, balsamic vinaigrette to take this salad from delicious to extraordinary. I made a spiced up version of simple balsamic vinaigrette for this salad recipe. An amazing combo of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and of course, fresh parsley leaves. Place all the ingredients in a small jar, close with lid, and shake. Believe me, this vinaigrette is to die for.
Now, toss your pasta salad in a generous drizzle of this balsamic vinaigrette. I totally recommend adding the vinaigrette to the salad just before serving.
Simple. Easy. Healthy. Delicious.
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