Summertime Summertime Pasta Salad

June 07, 2018
It is truly Summertime, Summertime here in the Lone Star State. You know, we are the state which my daughter, Samantha, kindly refers to as; "Living in Texas in the Summer is like living on the Sun." True story friends. So if you don't have a pool or a boat or you are just plain HOT! You are going to need this Summertime pasta salad to cool you off!


I bet you didn't know a salad could cool you off. Well, just maybe that's a stretch, but this salad can reduce time in the kitchen. That's a good thing, right?

Make this pasta salad a day ahead of serving and let all of these amazing flavors meld into a glorious infusion of tasty coolness. During the Summer months if I can limit my days over the cooktop to just a few it makes me feel so much happier.


Summertime meal planning has never been so easy and so many of these gorgeous vegetables can be found in your own garden or a wonderful Farmers Market. This salad makes a good argument for eating fresh and the good thing is that it keeps well in the fridge up to 3 days.

Summertime Pasta Salad


  • 1 box of your favorite pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 jar Rustic Basil Pesto sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1½ cups Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh corn (cooked and cooled)
  • 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 can of chick peas drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • Salt and black pepper to taste



  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil season with salt and cook pasta 1 minute less than required cooking time.
  • Drain pasta and toss with olive oil and place on a sheet tray to cool down.
  • In the meantime, in a large bowl add vinegar, mustard and pesto; stir to combine.
  • Add cooled pasta, tomatoes, celery, black beans, chick peas, corn and gently fold to combine.
  • Garnish with cheese and parsley.

We have been having some Summertime fun with family in May and June.

We celebrated Tucker's third Birthday.


Schools Out! Lunch with Samantha and Afton. ( We like our earrings)


Summertime in the Kitchen!


Thank you for joining me today and may all of your dreams come true!!


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  1. This is my kind of salad Jemma! Looks lovely and delicious. Try and stay cool....we are in the 60's here but I won't complain!

  2. I love your earrings! What a great picture of you three, Jemma! And we love pasta salads. I made a note of a few ingredients in yours to add to my favorite. I add a couple of cans of really good sardines to mine and that makes it a whole summertime meal.

    Tucker is so cute, he's going to be one handsome man!

  3. Hi Jemma,
    Yummo!!! That is what I love about summer all the great salad recipes. When it is so hot it is nice to have nice light meals. Thanks for sharing.

    PS Jemma did you get my email on the lounge chair and slipcover I sent to you????

  4. This does look delicious and super healthy too. A wonderful full-meal salad. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. I LOVE your earrings!!!!!!! And how I enjoy eating pasta with beans. Such a simple meal that can be made in no time, put in the fridge and actually eaten cold, with a drizzle of olive oil! Hi, Jemma!

  6. Yummy. I will have to make it without the cheese.

  7. lowcarbdiabeticJanJune 7, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Great photo's.

    Summer is perfect for salads, thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Happy June to you!

    All the best Jan

  8. Jemma, your pasta salad is just what I'll need during the summer heat in California. I have been using the oven less for meals. It looks Yummy with all the goodies in it. Your earrings are fabulous, and what a cute picture of the three of you. I see that nice smiles run in the family. Happy Birthday to your grandson. Your family is growing, and that is wonderful!

    Have a fun weekend, Jemma. And let's try to stay cool this summer.

    love, ~Sheri

  9. The salad looks delicious and you ladies are just beautiful!!

  10. Growing up in Texas, I know where you are coming from about the heat. It is hot here in Florida as well but at least it cools off in the evening from the ocean breezes. Stay cool and eat yummy salads like this one.

  11. I love the photos of your family, everyone looks so happy. I love pasta as well and the salad looks like the perfect summer meal, thanks for sharing, Jemma.

  12. OH, my! This looks SO delicious! I am going to pin it now! Sending hugs to you, sweet friend!

  13. I could live on pasta salads like this! Love that you included beans for the protein because this girl doesn't have to have meat. I'm positively, definitely going to make this.

    You and your family always make me smile.

  14. Pasta salad is one of my go-to meals for the summer! I usually have a bowl of it in the fridge for quick and cool lunches and dinners. Love your family photos.

  15. Great little salad Jemma. I love a variety of salads in the hot summer months. Such sweet family photos. Enjoy! xo


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