Mediterranean Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

Hi Everyone!!  Wow Sunday already!!  Have big plans for the day?  Maybe a Memorial Day picnic or a barbecue?  Well if so, I have one of the best pasta dishes that you can take along with you.  For today’s #SundaySupper mission, we had to make something that we could take on a picnic.  When I think of picnic foods, I think of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips and potato salad.  Well I didn’t make any of those, I made what I think is better and would compliment any dish you BBQ up!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

 This is my Mediterranean Pasta Salad!  It’s made with mini cheese ravioli’s that I picked up at Trader Joe’s, cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, fresh basil and a simply wonderful balsamic dressing to go over top.  Thanks to Star Fine Foods, for sending me all those goodies to try, I have been on a major Mediterranean kick!  I love the combination of cucumbers and tomatoes together and then topping it with a nice homemade balsamic, umm, yes please.  I’m drooling thinking of it.  One thing about this time of year, I’m really looking for fresh meals.  In the winter it’s all about comfort, thick hearty dishes, but in the spring and summer, I am ready for light and refreshing meals, using all the freshest produce I can find.  I think I crave that more now because it gets so hot here and I just want something to cool my jets!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This salad can be made in advance and the longer it sits the better the flavors are.  The cheese in the ravioli’s give the salad a nice surprise then just using regular pasta.  However, if you don’t have cheese filled ravioli’s, I recommend sprinkling some feta cheese onto the salad.  I was originally going to do that, but then I figured that maybe too much cheese.  I know, is their ever such a thing as to much cheese?  I don’t think so!  If your totally feeling lazy, you could skip making the dressing and add your favorite balsamic dressing, I have done that in a pinch.  Since this recipe makes 13 cups, my Husband and I gave half away and had the rest for dinner the next night.  It really does make for a nice meal, or a side dish and like I said the longer it sits the better the flavor!!  Yum!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 13 Cups
  • Serving size: 1 Cup
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A savory cold pasta salad made with cheese ravioli's, cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh basil and a homemade balsamic dressing.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups mini cheese ravioli's or other small pasta
  • 3 cups cucumber, peeled, diced
  • 2½ cups tomato, seed, diced
  • 11 black olives (use more if you would like, I ran out)
  • 3 tbsp. scallions, diced small
  • 10 basil leaves, sliced small
  • **Dressing**
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. ground mustard seed
  • ¼ tsp.salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pot cook the pasta according to manufactures directions; drain and place in a bowl to cool.
  2. Add your tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, scallions and basil to the bowl of noodles; set a side.
  3. In a small bowl add all of your dressing ingredients; mix until combined. Pour over pasta and vegetables. Place bowl in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Can be made in advance.
Notes
Calories per cup: 178.2, Fat: 6.4, Cholesterol: 30, Sodium: 267, Potassium: 96, Carbs: 24, Fiber: 1.7, Sugar: .09, Protein: 6.6

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Have a wonderful holiday!!!  Now be sure to check out what goodies the rest of the #SundaySupper crew is going to bring on a picnic!  Speaking of picnic, what is your favorite picnic food??

Enjoy!

Toodles,

Jennifer

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

 

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Comments

  1. I’ve never thought of using ravioli in a pasta salad, what a great idea! Such a pretty dish!

  2. It is such a simple and yet great idea to use things like ravioli and tortellini in a pasta salad. I need to try this.

  3. Mmmm – I am so with you on loving anything Mediterranean style…and this pasta salad sounds right up my alley! Oh how I wish we had a Trader Joe’s nearby…those ravioli look so cute and yummy in the salad!

  4. now that is a perfect picnic pasta salad! I love that you used mini cheese ravioli’s!!

  5. I LOVE salads that you can have as a meal and this would be no exception!

  6. Quick & easy plus sounds delicious! How much better can you get? I think a trip to Trader Joe’s is necessary!

  7. Clearly, I need a Trader Joe’s.

  8. I like cold tortellini in salad so this sounds perfect!

  9. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    What an awesome idea on the mini cheese ravioli… thanks for sharing this great recipe!!!

  10. I don’t think you can ever have too much cheese. We’ve made a salad similar to this using tortellini but the mini ravioli’s are super cute I think.

  11. I love absolutely every component of your pasta salad, Jen. So light and refreshing..perfect for a holiday picnic!

  12. I love love love all the flavors in this dish. I must make this!

  13. Yum.Mo.

  14. Haha, I accidentally pushed enter on that last comment before I finished. But really, what more is there to say? This stuff looks yum.mo.

  15. Oh, I love that you used mini cheese ravioli’s for this pasta salad! Brilliant!!! yum, love this!

  16. You know how pea green with envy I am that you have Trader Joe’s and now you flaunt these perfect little cheese raviolis at me!! Shame on you!! Just kidding, that looks so very good!!! I will have two bowls please!!

  17. Its very different and I like it.

  18. Great idea to use ravioli! What better way of getting cheese into your salad?

  19. Mini ravioli in a pasta salad sounds so good! I’ve had tortellini in a salad but I’ve never thought to put ravioli in! I’m trying this one this week!

  20. Love this salad and it’s perfect for a picnic! Pinning!

  21. I could eat this all day everyday! I love love love that you used mini ravioli! What a great idea.

  22. You’re always coming up with something delicious! I love all these flavors, you’re right this would be great with most anything!

  23. I love the fat noodles in this salad. The mediterranean flavors sound wonderful!

  24. I am always drawn to Mediterranean flavors! This looks delicious. I have only tried tortellini in pasta salad, now I will need to hunt for some mini ravioli to try.

  25. Oh, I love a good pasta salad – and the little raviolis or tortellinis make this perfect!

  26. Yum! I’ve never tried pasta salad with cheese ravioli, but I love it!

  27. Oh wow. I love the ravioli idea! This looks fantastic!

  28. Mmmm… I never thought of using raviolis in a pasta salad. Such a great idea! This looks so good, especially with the mediterranean flavors.

  29. I love the flavors in this pasta salad and the mini raviolis are a nice touch.

  30. I’ve used cheese tortellini for pasta salads and never thought about mini ravioli – what a brilliant idea! I agree to make pasta salads ahead and let them set and marry the flavors. What a great salad to take on a picnic too.

  31. Jennifer, this is the perfect light, refreshing thing to eat on hot days to pair with all the heavy hot dogs ‘n hamburgers I devour. We’ve all heard that the Mediterranean diet is super healthy so I’d like to think this is good for me too 😉

  32. Love pasta salads and your Mediterranean version sounds fantastic!Perfect picnic food for sure 🙂

  33. I found this recipe on pinterest, wrote down all the ingredients, ran to the grocery store and purchased all of the ingredients. Now, the website won’t load properly from any computer or device and I can’t access the recipe that i need for the party I’m attending this afternoon. To say I’m frustrated is an understatement. Does anyone, by any chance, have the recipe archived somewhere other than on pinterest? I’m desperate at this point….

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