Jul 29

Best Pasta Salad Ever

Pasta Salad

This is by far becoming my favorite time of month

It’s Mystery Dish Day!!

This month was particularly fun because I got to make one of my most favorite summer dishes EVER because it is by far the best pasta salad that I’ve ever had

Our wonderful host this month was Sarah from the super yummy blog: The Pajama Chef 

She has great, super unique and delicious recipes that are always crazy flavorful! Go visit her and check out the full list of secret ingredients she challenged us with this month. It was super easy to decide what I wanted to make because three ingredients fit right into my already awesome pasta salad; tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh herbs (basil)

Best Pasta Salad

 So I’m so STINKIN excited because our county fair has started!! 

I have grown to LOVE the fair, all the animals and tractors and food :) mmmmmmmm

We got to go last night and my little guy rode rides all by himself for the first time, it was sad but also so much fun seeing him so proud of himself for “flying” his own helicopter or “driving” his own car around each ride. I’ve never seen him smile SO BIG!  

This coming week is the baking competition and I am working on something that is hopefully delicious. I entered for the first time last year and ended up winning my category with my Cherry Apple Crisp. This year the main ingredient is orange and it should be interesting…wish me luck!

Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing bloggers’ recipes below and show them some love :)

July Mystery Dish via thepajamachef.com

  1. Watermelon Salsa – The Pajama Chef
  2. Farro Salad – Chez CateyLou
  3. Cherry Almond Coffee Cake – Two Happy Bellies
  4. Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mint Lime Dressing – Yummy Healthy Easy
  5. Toasted Almond Caramel Mocha Gelato – Culinary Couture Blog
  6. Cherry Galettes with Almond Sour Cream Crust – The Well Floured Kitchen
  7. Cherry Watermelon Granita – Joyful Healthy Eats
  8. Cherry Almond Mocha Smoothie – Baking a Moment
  9. Pepperoni Pasta Salad – I Want Crazy
  10. Almond Cherry Bars – I Dig Pinterest
  11. Cucumber Salsa – Weary Chef
  12. Cherry Almond Popsicles – Blahnik Baker










Best Pasta Salad Ever

Best Pasta Salad Ever


  • 1 box of bow tie pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1/2 quart of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 bag of pepperoni minis or package of pepperoni, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 bottle of zesty Italian dressing
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil, optional
  • salt and pepper


  1. Once pasta is cooled, toss with vegetables and pepperoni
  2. Add Italian dressing to coat all pasta and mix-ins
  3. Toss cheese, basil, salt and pepper to finish
  4. Serve or keep chilled in the refrigerator
  5. It just keeps getting better the longer the flavors marinate :)





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