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A Salute to Pasta Salad

POSTED June 29, 2018

Summer’s here, the parties are coming fast and furious, and the hunt for the perfect pasta salad is on. Sound familiar? Well, you can kick off those shoes and pour yourself a tall, cold glass of iced tea because we’ve already done the work for you. That’s right, we’ve got seven pasta salad recipes sure to knock your guests’ socks off this 4th of July and beyond!

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Let’s kick off this salad soiree with a penne dish that seems to summon the Southern Mediterranean sunshine all by itself. Bursting with black olives, roasted cherry tomatoes, and our organic whole wheat penne rigate, the secret in this salad is that hint of lemon zest that brings out the freshness in all the other ingredients.

Doubling as the great “throw together” weeknight meal, this salad is a snap to make gluten-free by substituting our rice penne for the whole wheat. Just make sure to keep an eye on that pot; too long of a cook on gluten-free pasta can make your noodles a bit too sticky to enjoy.

Tiny Acini di Pepe pasta is just as delightful as it sounds. You may know it in soups as pastina, aptly named for its peppercorn shape, but it’s a ton of fun to eat in a salad. Especially one loaded with two kinds of olives and all sorts of fresh herbs. Not to mention a spicy-sweet salad dressing you’ll adore.

You’ll cook your pasta in chicken broth, not in water, but trust us it is worth every flavorful bite. Blend up your dressing and once your pasta is done, go ahead and combine it with all your goodies like your Castelvetranos, Calamatas, and artichoke halves. Don’t forget to finish with your Parmesan-Reggiano!

If you haven’t tried our gnocchi yet, this salad is a lovely introduction. There’s just something about those soft little pillows of potato that make you want to gobble them up three at a time!

A fresh twist on “meat and potatoes,” this salad highlights our air-cured Genoa Salami as well as our savory, buttery prosciutto. The combination of the meats with the gnocchi gives this salad a heartiness that you won’t find with another starter type of salads.

With both lemon juice and zest in the dish, the bright citrusy taste complements the savory meats and tangy red peppers beautifully. Grab your fork while you can, it will go fast!

If you haven’t tried our gnocchi yet, this salad is a lovely introduction. There’s just something about those soft little pillows of potato that make you want to gobble them up three at a time!

A fresh twist on “meat and potatoes,” this salad highlights our air-cured Genoa Salami as well as our savory, buttery prosciutto. The combination of the meats with the gnocchi gives this salad a heartiness that you won’t find with another starter type of salads.

With both lemon juice and zest in the dish, the bright citrusy taste complements the savory meats and tangy red peppers beautifully. Grab your fork while you can, it will go fast!

If you’ve got burgers, dogs and maybe even an apple pie doing the heavy lifting on the 4th of July, it’s totally ok to throw this picnic-ready Italian Spaghetti salad into the mix. Americans love spaghetti too!

You’ll have to do a bit of slicing and dicing on your veggies and meat, but once that’s done, it’s pretty much a matter of boiling up some pasta (in super salty water like a good Italian) and mixing it all up for a one of a kind salad on an all-American holiday.

Let’s unroll all those chicken Caesar wraps and get that goodness in a bowl! This dish features our Biodynamic Whole Wheat Fusilli, pasta with that reflects our ongoing commitment to eco-balanced and sustainable farming.

Cook up your chicken, cut it into bite-sized pieces and toss with the rest of your ingredients, including your favorite homemade Caesar salad dressing.

This salad does taste best the day of prep, but you can leftovers refrigerated for a day or two. If you don’t have any extra dressing to bring it back to life, a squeeze of lemon juice should do the trick!

You can make that super gourmet, restaurant quality pizza at home. All you need: our homemade pizza dough kit & this recipe.

Need some more inspiration? Check our gallery of recipes!