pasta salad in two bowls with basil pesto and caeser salad dressing on the side
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Easy Pasta Salad

A refreshing summer meal or perfect for weekly meal prep lunches!
Course Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Author Jessica

Ingredients

  • 500 g Tubular Pasta uncooked
  • 3 cups Ham cut into ½” cubes
  • 2 cups Marble Cheese cut into ½” cubes
  • 1 large Red Pepper diced
  • 1 large Yellow Pepper diced
  • 3 Roma Tomatoes diced
  • 1 Cucumber diced
  • 1 cup Red Onion diced
  • 6 Tablespoons Basil Pesto
  • 6 Tablespoons Caesar Dressing

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a pinch of salt (optional). Cook the pasta to package directions until fully cooked. Strain, and run under cold water until the pasta noodles are completely cooled. This stops the cooking of the noodles so they do not become over cooked and soggy while cooling.
  • In a very large mixing bowl, combine pasta, ham, cheese, red pepper, yellow pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. Toss to combine.
  • Add dressing before serving. Use approximately 1 Tablespoon of basil pesto and 1 Tablespoon of caeser dressing per serving.

Notes

Keep salad refrigerated for 3-4 days without dressing in an airtight container. Add pesto and caeser before serving for optimal freshness.