perfect party pasta salad

Posted on June 27, 2011 , ,
A wise man once said, "You can't grill pasta." No, but you can serve this pasta side dish along with any grilled meats or vegetables. It would be delicous for a large group at a picnic or BBQ.

  • Prep Time :
    3 min
  • Cook Time :
    3 min
  • Ready Time :
    6 min
  • Servings :
    8 as a sidedish


  • 12 ounces Al Dente™ Pasta
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained, and slivered
  • 1/3 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds slivered and toasted
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese


Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Cook pasta for 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain and toss with tomato mixture. Serve hot or at room temperature with parmesan cheese.

Optional Additions:

Olives, capers, grilled chicken or seafood, tuna fish, arugula, roasted red peppers, or just browse through the produce section!