Tomato Basil Pasta Salad + Blackberry Mint Iced Tea! #SummerTastes

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It’s summer time and you know what means? Lots and lots of BBQ! The start to the summer has been one of the first in a very long time where my family is actually together at the same time. This month especially, we have been spending a lot of time together and have made it a daily routine to have dinner together every night. My sisters and their families also have dinner with us at least twice a week, too.

Cooking for a big family can be challenging at times, but one thing that remains the same is that no matter how old we get or how much we grow apart, we all love BBQ. It’s one thing that definitely brings us together no matter how different our tastes are and we each love bringing something new to the table each summer.

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Side dishes are a must when you have a BBQ and one of my all-time favorite sides to make for our gatherings are pasta salads. I decided to make something light and refreshing using fresh ingredients and one of my favorite brands of pasta– Barilla. To make this, I headed over to my local Walmart to grab all of the ingredients I needed. It was really easy to find the Barilla pasta, just look for the blue box! What I love about Barilla pasta is that they even have gluten-free options now so you can easily swap this pasta if you need to.

I made a quick and easy Tomato Basil Pasta Salad that I think is perfect for the summer. I used a variety of vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, and spinach to keep things really light for our favorite BBQ side dish. I also used some fresh basil to really bring out the flavor for this dish– fresh basil smells so heavenly. Once I had all of my vegetables ready and chopped, all I had to do is wait for the pasta to cook. You can pair this with your favorite dressing and serve it on a bed of spinach to impress your guests.

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Basil Tomato Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 box of Barilla Rotini Pasta

1.5 cups of Cherry Tomatoes

1 handful of Basil

1/2 cup of Feta Cheese

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Cup of Cucumbers

2 Cups of Spinach

2 Cups of Broccoli

Salt and Black Pepper to taste

1/2 Cup of your favorite dressing

Directions:

Bring a saucepan with water and some salt to boiling and then add Barilla pasta and cook according to directions on packaging.

Meanwhile, chop up all the vegetables to your liking.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water.

Toss the cold pasta with the chopped vegetables in a bowl and add in your favorite dressing, black pepper, and fresh basil.

Serve on a bed of spinach with some refreshing Blackberry Mint Iced Tea.

I think this pasta salad dish is best paired with a cold and refreshing drink like sweet iced tea. I grabbed some Gold Peak Sweet Tea while we were at Walmart as well and I really love the convenience of these 6-pack cases! Gold Peak teas are really refreshing and deliver a nice quench on a hot summer day.

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Although it tastes perfectly great on it’s own, I decided to tie in the theme of fresh ingredients with our Iced Tea as well and I added some blackberries and mint for an extra punch of flavor. To make this all you have to do is fill up a cup with ice, some blackberries, and sprigs of fresh mint and pour the tea on top. And then you’re ready to have this delicious beverage with your pasta salad!

We like to spend our time outdoors a lot during the summer and iced tea is the perfect thirst quencher on really hot summer days. Making this iced tea takes less than 5 minutes and I know that my family will be sure to love it no matter what. We love making this and having it at our family gatherings because it’s so easy and refreshing. You can really get creative with what you want to infuse your tea with by adding different fruits, flowers, herbs, and even spices. You can even enjoy these over ice as they are!

What are your favorite sides to bring to a family gathering BBQ or potluck?

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8 Responses to “Tomato Basil Pasta Salad + Blackberry Mint Iced Tea! #SummerTastes”

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    Cindy Gordon (Vegetarian Mamma) — June 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Wow, this looks perfect for summer! I love tea and I love pasta salad! The looks very refreshing and I love the additions you added! The basil in the pasta salad looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

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    Chrishelle — June 25, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I love a good pasta salad in the summer. Yours has some of my favorite flavors, tomato land basil. Such a great flavor combination. Iced tea is also a staple at our house in the summer. There is nothing like a yummy glass of iced tea in the summer, adding mint is just genius.

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    Pie Rivera — June 25, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    This is such a perfect healthy salad! Goes well with lots and lots of grilled dishes which can bulk up in our tummies. This is one healthy bowl that isn’t boring. Love that you tossed broccoli too! Yum!!!

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    Angela Bethea — June 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Tomato Basil Pasta??? Yes please! This looks absolutely tasty and refreshing. I may be biased cos I love all sorts of pasta but this looks very inviting. The gold peak tea is an amazing finisher for everything.

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    Censie Sawyer — June 27, 2016 at 11:26 am

    My husband loves iced tea. It is his perfect refreshing drink in the summer. We will have to try this brand. Also, this salad is one of my favorite salads to make in the summer. I usually make it for father’s day bbq and 4th of july!

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    Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking — June 27, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Pasta salads and iced tea are my favorite things to have with barbecue! I love the addition of fresh basil and cucumbers to your recipe. I can only imagine how good it is! I love Gold Peak Green Tea — I haven’t seen the Blackberry version yet.

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    sheila ressel — August 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    This pasta salad looks so yummy! And the tea with the berries and mint looks amazing! What a perfect lunch or light dinner!

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    Jerry Marquardt — September 9, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I can’t wait to make your special Tomato Basil Pasta Salad recipe, it looks so delicious. I will be making this over the weekend.

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