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A plate of fusilli pasta salad, garnished with fresh basil leaves.
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Insalata di Pasta: The Ultimate Easy Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

Indulge in the essence of Italian summers with our Insalata di Pasta, a delightful fusilli pasta salad that's as easy to make as it is delicious. Each spiral of fusilli is lovingly coated in a zesty, homemade sauce, bursting with the flavors of ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and sweet peppers, all brought together with a creamy mayonnaise dressing. Fresh basil leaves add a final touch of greenery and aroma, making this dish a vibrant addition to any table. Perfect for picnics, potlucks, or a light family dinner, this Insalata di Pasta is a versatile favorite that celebrates the joy of simple, fresh ingredients
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Course: Main Course, Pasta, Salad, Snack
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 350kcal


  • 400 g Fusilli pasta
  • 100 g Tomatoes
  • 50 g Red or yellow pepper
  • 50 g Cucumber
  • 50 g Mayonnaise
  • 10 ml Extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 g Basil leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Place roughly cut tomatoes, cucumber, pepper and basil into a blender or liquidizer and blitz till smooth adding the olive oil and seasoning before the last few seconds.
  • Place the sauce in a large bowl and add mayonnaise steering till well mixed.
  • Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for 2 minutes less than the advertised cooking time
  • Cool under cold water and drain well.
  • Place in the bowl with the sauce, steer and adjust for seasoning.



If bigger tomatoes are used, remove the watery seed inside the pulp before blending.
Leave the pasta to rest in the sauce in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Suitable for Vegetarians


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Fiber: 3g