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May 27, 2021

Strawberry Cucumber Pasta Salad

With a crisp mix of fruit and veggies, this easy strawberry cucumber pasta salad is tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, almonds, arugula and blue cheese.

With a crisp mix of fruit and veggies, this easy strawberry cucumber pasta salad is tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, almonds, arugula and blue cheese.

Strawberry Cucumber Pasta Salad

When I make pasta salad, I like to include A LOT of vegetables. It’s to the point that I’m not sure if it counts as pasta salad or a salad with pasta.

This can involve things like tomatoes, mushrooms, kale or some combination. 

When spring and summer roll around, I get even more enthusiastic about changing the ratio of vegetables to pasta.

There’s just so much good produce in season that I like to celebrate it by adding as much as I can to any dish that will take it.

Since noodles are pretty hearty, they can withstand the weight. Also, there’s really no such thing as including too many veggies.

Strawberry Cucumber Pasta Salad

This strawberry cucumber pasta salad takes things a step further by using fruit and vegetables.

It has this wonderful fresh flavor. Plus I love using a sweet ingredient in a savory dish. And berries are one of my favorite ways to do this.

When you have the right mix of ingredients, you can’t go wrong incorporating fruit into salad.

Ingredients for pasta salad

The Ingredients

This is what you need for the pasta salad:

  • Farfalle: Shaped like a bowtie, this flatter pasta works well with the sliced cucumbers and halved strawberries.
  • Strawberries: All you have to do to prep the berries is to cut out their stems and slice them in half
  • Cucumbers: English cucumbers are narrower than standard cucumbers. They have fewer seeds, and their skin is more delicate.
  • Arugula: Even though it’s technically a salad green, when I throw in a handful of arugula to a dish, I treat it like fresh herbs because of its peppery bite.
  • Scallions: Sliced scallions add an oniony flavor.
  • Almonds: Chopped nuts give the pasta salad some much-needed crunch to go with the crisp cucumbers.
  • Blue Cheese: This pungent cheese really plays up the mix of savory and sweet ingredients. If you’re not a fan, you can use goat cheese or feta instead.
  • Parsley: Chopped fresh parsley further brightens the pasta salad.
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette: For the dressing, I make balsamic vinaigrette since it goes so well with strawberries and cucumbers, but I also add garlic, whole grain mustard and lemon juice. The vinaigrette has plenty of black pepper, too.
Strawberry Cucumber Pasta Salad

How To Make Strawberry Cucumber Pasta Salad

The only cooking you have to do for this recipe is the pasta. So I always start with that to get it out of the way.

The moment the pasta is cooked just to the point of being al dente, I pour it into a colander and give the noodles a good rinse in cold water. This prevents them from sticking together and stops the warm pasta from continuing to cook.

Then I put the farfalle into a large bowl and fold in the strawberries, cucumbers, arugula, scallions, almonds and blue cheese.

Mixing together the salad ingredients

Next, I make the vinaigrette. I whisk together minced garlic, mustard, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Finally, I stir the balsamic vinaigrette into the pasta salad.

Strawberry Cucumber Pasta Salad

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Strawberry Cucumber Pasta Salad

Strawberry Cucumber Pasta Salad

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

With a crisp mix of fruit and veggies, this easy strawberry cucumber pasta salad is tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, almonds, arugula & blue cheese.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta
  • 3/4 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the farfalle in salted boiling water until al dente according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water in a colander. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Fold the strawberries, cucumbers, arugula, scallions, almonds and blue cheese into the pasta.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, mustard, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir the vinaigrette into the pasta salad.
  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

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