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Fresh Pasta Salad

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

This is another recipe for the hot days or simply when it is not raining and the calendar marks Summer time!

Perfect also to carry at work in a box, to consume at a lunch break at home or to serve in a house party.

There are so many versions of pasta salad, with of course lot of different shapes, so get ready to see more recipes of this kind.

This was sometimes the food our mum was doing the night before to go to the beach the day after.

You can use some extra virgin olive oil or some flavoured basil one.

I find that making this pasta salad the day before enhances all the flavours at a next level. Just add some fresh basil for extra summer feeling!

This recipe is with tuna but you can make it vegan or vegetarian easily!



300 gr of fusilli/ farfalle/ penne pasta

10 cherry tomatoes to cut in two

some leaves of fresh basil

1 large tin of tuna under olive oil or sunflower oil

10 black olives with no stone

extra virgin olive oil

sea salt flakes


Let’s start preparing all our ingredients for the pasta. Wash the cherry tomatoes and cut them in two or four parts, this is up to you.

Cut your loves in two if you like and reduce your tuna in little pieces.

Wash some basil leaves and let them dry. When cutting them, cut gently in little pieces with your hands so they can maintain their original green vivid colour.

After or in the meantime, put some water to boil, add a spoon of coarse sea salt and cook your pasta al dente. For a better result, do not over cook your pasta. You can choose among different shapes, “pasta corta” and easy to pick with a fork like penne, farfalle or fusilli tends to be a perfect choice.

Once your pasta is ready, remove it from the pan with the help of a colander and after removing all the water, place it in a large bowl, add some olive oil and move it with the help of a big spoon. Let it cool for at least one hour.

Now add all the ingredients and mix them together. Cover the bowl with some cling film and place it in the fridge to cool down.

Your pasta salad can stay in the fridge for two days. Buon Appetito!

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