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Italian Pasta Salad #Foodie Friday

Italian Pasta Salad: Simple Living and Eating

I am concerned that I may loss my Italian-American status... I have not given you a pasta dish in quite a while and now that the harvest is really coming in it is time for a raw vegetable salad. To me this is the best of Italian cooking...using the freshest ingredients when they are at their peak is really what simple Italian cooking is all about.

Now please, when you put this salad together do not neglect to add the anchovy paste. I promise you it will not taste fishy. Anchovy paste naturally contains glutamate which is a flavor enhancer. I've written more about this magic ingredient found only in certain foods in my article: The Height of Flavor. Check it out and trust me on this one.

Italian Pasta Salad:Simple Living and Eating

Italian Pasta Salad

by Diane Balch 

Preparation time: 20 minutes                           Serves: 4 - 6


12 - 16 ounces of pasta such as rigatoni or fusilli
1 large zucchini chopped
1 pint of cherry tomatoes halved
2 tablespoons of chopped olives or tapenade 
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
1 small red onion chopped
15 ounces of cannelloni beans drained

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 teaspoons salt
pepper to taste


1) Bring a large sauce pan of water with about 2 tablespoons of salt in it to a boil.

2) While waiting for the water to boil whisk the vinaigrette.

3) Chop the vegetables and add them and the vinaigrette to the pasta when it is cooked. Chill for 2 hours or over night.

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  1. Thanks for the party, hope you're having a great week !

  2. Thank you so much for hosting, Diane! I would not dream of leaving out the anchovy paste! Love love ;)

  3. What a delicious salad! You automatically get extra points for not using a bottled Italian dressing...like I do :) Thank you so much for the party Diane. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I use the bottle on occasion... but it really does taste better fresh especially if you use extra virgin olive oil.

  4. Diane,
    Your salad looks delicious. Thanks for hosting the party.

  5. Thanks so much for hosting! Your salad looks great...and I love cold soup, but my husband does NOT. :-( So sad.
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

  6. Hi Diane,
    I just love your features this week, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, easy and delicious. Hope you had a good day and thanks for a great party!
    Miz Helen

  7. I'm going to have to try the anchovy paste in my pasta now. Looks great Diane!

  8. Thanks so much for the party, Diane! :)

  9. Your pasta salad is terrific. My other half (=my husband) wouild looooooooooooove it. Thanks for sharing :)
    Have a relaxing weekend and thank you for another party

    1. Of course you don't have to use anchovy... mushrooms are umani enhancing too.

  10. Your salad sounds wonderful Diane Using garden fresh ingredients is the best part of summer. Thanks for hosting each week. I brought a Spicy Black Bean, Corn, and Shrimp Salad.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  11. Thanks for another wonderful party Diane! I hope you have a terrific weekend.

  12. Happy Friday! Thanks for hosting - your pasta dish looks so good!!

  13. This looks like a perfect pastas for summer, though I must admit I am a little scared of anchovy paste. But I am sure it adds all sorts of lovely dimension to the dish. Next time I am at the store, I will pick some up to try out! Thanks for hosting :)

    1. I hope you will... I never realized how much flavor it adds until I started reading about more traditional Italian cooking.

  14. Yummy pasta! Can't wait to try it! It's been awhile! I've had a busy summer-but love that you are still doing your linky parties. I added a simple and delicious recipe for Roasted Zucchini Squash (#78). I hope you enjoy! (http://www.potholesandpantyhose.com/2013/08/delicious-easy-roasted-squash/)

    Thanks so much!

    Rebekah Greiman

  15. Dear Diane, your post made my heart sing today! Two features?! Oh my, I'm so honored! Thank you so much!!! I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed my posts so much. Thank you for hosting another fabulous week. Happy to celebrate with everyone. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Catherine

    1. You are very welcomed. Catherine your recipes are terrific... I so glad you joined our party. I will look forward to checking out what you share.

  16. Love this simple yet tasty pasta salad! Thanks for the party dear..

  17. I agree, anchovy paste is such a wonderful ingredient, and it never, ever tastes fishy! Your Italian Pasta Salad looks fresh and delicious, perfect for a late summer evening. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    1. I hope people read your comment. It really is true but so hard to get people to try it.

  18. We would just love your Pasta Salad it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen


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