Monday, August 12, 2013

{clean} Tuscan Herb Pasta Salad

This recipe I created rather quickly with things I had on hand in my kitchen (or garden). It was so simple that I can remember the ingredients to make again and again just off the top of my head. I know, impressive! 

It was very good too! Using garden fresh vegetables made it even better. YUM! Before going clean I would have reached for a Soybean/Canola Oil Italian dressing with preservatives and additives to make this. I am glad I didn't because this is even better.

{clean} Tuscan Herb Pasta Salad

  • 2 boxes Gluten Free Pasta (Cooked and Chilled)
  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • Cucumbers, chopped
  • Mild yellow peppers, chopped
  • Fresh Basil, chopped 
  • 2 Tbps Rustic Tuscan Herb Blend (Found at Costco or online)
  • 2 Tbps Bragg Vinaigrette Dressing (Found at Kroger or other stores)
  • 1-2 Tbps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • juice of one lime (or lemon will do)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


1) Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill for 1-2 hours or longer before serving. 

NOTES: Do not overcook gluten free pasta it will start to fall apart. This is my favorite brand: TinkyadaI have found it many places, but the best selection is at Super Target or online. For this image I used this brand: Deboles.
If you choose not to buy the Rustic Tuscan Herb Blend (which I do suggest, it's good), then you can look for one similar or make your own. Here's a screen shot of the ingredients. Also, add any veggies you want (and you choose the quantity) and even olives would be a great addition to this pasta. Enjoy.


  1. This recipe looks good and I will try it for our Labor Day picnic. Is that enough dressing for two boxes of pasta (6 Tbl liquid with one lime juice)? I used to use Tinkyada but I agree it falls if overcooked. Give a company called Schar a try. They are from Italy and the pasta is GF. It does not fall apart easily. Be careful if you use the spaghetti. it forms big clumps if you do not stir very frequently. We use the penne and rotini regularly. I buy it in my local Jewel or Woodmans.

  2. Laura-I do like the brand Tinkyada and I don't have trouble with it much. And yes, I learned the hard way about gluten free spaghetti. HA!I will look for the brand you suggest. We do not have a Jewel or a Woodmans. I'll have to check out their website.
    The boxes I used weren't that large. You can always add more but it was perfect for my family this way. The seasoning and flavor more so comes from the Tuscan herb blend (and fresh vegggies). Hope that helps.

  3. Made this and it was a hit! We used watermelon, fresh pineapple, Mangos & strawberries
    pasta salad.