Italian Summer Salad

I love going out to the garden and gathering a basket of vegetables to bring into the kitchen and create a wonderful dish. The Italian Summer Salad is one of those awesome garden to table creations that features the fresh flavors of the vegetables tossed together with a great Italian Dressing. This is a recipe that you can change every time you make it, using different vegetables with different dressings. I am sharing with you today our favorite way to have this delicious dish.

Garden To Table

Italian Summer Salad Starts With Fresh Vegetables

Chop, Mix and Dress The Vegetables

Prepare The Pasta

Mix The Pasta and Vegetables
Let Chill In The Refrigerator For 2 Hours Before Serving

Ready To Serve

Great For Any Occasion

Italian Summer Salad
Miz Helen's Kitchen
For The Vegetables
1 pound spaghetti, broke in half
3 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cucumber ,chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium yellow summer squash, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup sliced black olives
3 cups mozzarella cheese, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
For The Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons dried sweet basil
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce or to taste
Wash and chop the vegetables. Place the vegetables in a large mixing bowl and add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper, toss and set aside.
In a mixing jar, pour together the olive oil, vinegar, Tabasco Sauce, basil, oregano,garlic powder,sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Put the lid on the mixing jar and shake until the mixture looks creamy.
Pour the dressing on the vegetables and mix well. Set aside and prepare the pasta.
Cook the pasta in boiling salty water for 9 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.
Pour the pasta in with the vegetables and toss, add the mozzarella cheese and toss.
Chill the salad in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.
Recipe Tips
If there is not time for making a homemade dressing, any Italian Dressing can be used, one that we like is Roasted Red Pepper Italian Dressing.
Any kind of pasta can be used, just make it your own.


It is a wonderful time to enjoy fresh vegetables from our gardens and farmers markets. Thanks so much for stopping by today to spend time with us, we always enjoy your visit! Have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. This sounds so good, Helen. Fresh, cool and spicy. Thanks for sharing.


  2. It sounds like the perfect summer meal, Miz Helen! It has veggies, protein and pasta, and a yummy dressing. Yum!

  3. Oh my goodness, that looks delicious! I bet it's just as yummy without the pasta. <-- Thinking that because we don't always have that on hand, like the other ingredients. :-)

  4. This sounds like a great summer meal, Miz Helen. I can't wait to try it! :)

  5. That looks incredible and your garden veggies look amazing! I can't grow anything...wish I could; if I had a green thumb and a green wallet I would have a giant farm and do farm-to-table everything. Thanks for stopping by Food & Fitness Friday!

  6. thanks so much for sharing, this looks great. I make a salad very much like this one to take to every covered dish I attend but mine never looks quite as good as yours :)

  7. Your Italian Summer Salad is bursting with flavor and delicious garden vegetables. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday party this weekend. Pinning/sharing. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  8. This sounds perfect for today. You always come up with the nicest recipes.

  9. Salads are perfect for warm weather. I would love for you to share this awesomeness in the next Fun Summer Finds Linkup! Opens for the 2nd week on Thursday...


  10. I love the colors and the cuts of the veges in this... It looks like confetti! I can't wait to make this at home later today... - Jerusha,

  11. I love garden to table recipes too, this pasta salad sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  12. Delicious I love garden to table recipes, this pasta salad, looks really delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning

  13. What a pretty dish! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

  14. This looks amazing!! I love all the fresh summer veggies. Can't wait to give this one a try!


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