Pasta Fredda {Cold Pasta Salad}

It doesn’t get much more simple, seasonal or satisfying that this pasta fredda. It’s what I love about summer personified in a bowl. The tomatoes and basil are from my garden and if I just owned an olive grove I could make my own olive oil and olives to go with ; ) Could call it bell’olive it has a nice ring doesn’t it. Until then I’ll use the best extra virgin olive oil and Castlevetrano Olives I can find while I’m dreaming about a little place to call my own in the northern Italian countryside.

And of course I’ll keep making the foods that I love most. I T A L I A N.

This recipe makes a nice big bowl of pasta salad so if you’re serving it for dinner it’s also a great next day lunch! And it’s perfect for picnics {Labor Day is right around the corner for those of us in the States}


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Pasta Fredda {Cold Pasta Salad}
What you’ll need:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic – minced
12 roma tomatoes – quartered
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cubes
1/2 cup olives {I used Castlevetrano}
1 pound short pasta {I used Trottole}

What to do:
1. Into a large bowl add: olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and olives. Season with salt/pepper. Toss to combine. Set aside.

2. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.ย  Add pasta to bowl and toss to combine.

3. Serve room temperature or place in refrigerator to chill until ready to eat. Garnish with additional drizzle of olive oil and chopped basil if desired.


  1. 1

    yumm ! cold pasta salad looks delicious…simple too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2

    Cold pasta salad is a big summer favorite of ours…as usual yours looks amazing!

  3. 3

    This looks like the perfect pasta salad! Delicious!

  4. 4

    You always have the prettiest shapes of pasta!

  5. 5

    perfect for these sweltering days!!

  6. 6

    This salad looks fantastic!

  7. 7

    This is so simple and pretty, Paula. Really, I can’t think of a better lunch or dinner meal when the tomatoes are at their sweetest.

  8. 8

    Yes. Please. Now.

  9. 9

    Cold, yes, that’s what I need in this weather. We just broke heat records in Texas so I’m not going near the oven ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 10

    looks delish! My 3 kids will devour this one

  11. 11

    I love this – Caprese in a dish. Italians do simple so lovingly and beautifully as evidenced here.

  12. 12

    This looks scrumptious… I especially like the mozza cubes in there. Ah-mazing!

  13. 13

    This is perfect right now!! My surfer lives off cold pasta salads during the summer

  14. 14

    Gorgeous! I’m obsessed with finding good olives, so this is right up my alley right now.

  15. 15

    That looks so good right now!!! We have tons of fresh tomatoes in our garden.

  16. 16

    that looks PERFECT for a 100 degree day like today!

  17. 17

    i am so in love with pasta salad lately:) these looks so yummy!

  18. 18

    Giiiiiiiirl I’m dying for some of this right now. You know I love my pasta, any way shape or form! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. 20

    That looks so delish! I love the taste of summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 21

    I love cold pasta salad and this looks perfect!

  21. 22

    Pasta heaven!

  22. 23

    A summer classicโ€ฆ yum!

  23. 24

    This is one perfect pasta salad! Thanks for sharing this dish with us!

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