Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Parmesan


Pasta Salad Tomatoes Zucchini

Living in the city like I have for seven years, there aren’t many occasions to enjoy outdoor barbecues like I used to as a kid. So, since my husband and I will be buying our first house outside the city this spring, having friends over for a casual backyard bash is something I’m so excited to do!

I can’t remember, and you can probably relate, a single barbecue without pasta or potato salad – cold, refreshing and paired perfectly with a burger hot off the grill. The fresh flavors of all the homemade food, toes in the grass, the dogs running around – these are some of my favorite memories. I just can’t wait to replicate them in the house I share with Mark!

When we do have that eventual backyard barbecue, this pasta salad will definitely be included. Plump farfalle pasta tossed with sweet cherry tomatoes, scallions and chunks of chopped zucchini sautéed in olive oil make for vibrant, colorful flavors. Simply dressed with salt, pepper, fresh lemon juice and olive oil, this pasta salad is an easy, delicious and healthy option for weekday meals or weekend parties alike!

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Parmesan

Servings 8


  • 12 ounces farfalle bowtie pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 whole lemon more to taste
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 whole zucchini cut into small wedges or diced
  • 10 ounces grape tomatoes halved lengthwise
  • 4 scallions chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions, or until al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water until completely cool. Add 2 tbsp. olive oil and lemon juice, then add salt and pepper to taste (do not under-salt). Toss to combine.
  • Heat remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil to medium in a stovetop pan, and add zucchini. Salt and pepper lightly, cooking and stirring for 5 minutes. Add to the pasta along with the tomatoes, scallions and parmesan, and toss to combine. Add more of what you think it needs; I like to go heavy on the Parmesan! Squeeze in a little more lemon juice, or drizzle more olive oil if it needs more moisture.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving.
  • Add grilled shrimp, chicken, or steak if you need a little protein.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Pasta salads are quintessential summer food, especially when enjoyed outdoors. Congratulations on buying a new home, you must be excited to move in.

  2. This pasta looks so delicious. I love how colourful it is. It would be a perfect addition to a spring potluck!

  3. Reading this recipe makes me really see that it’s Spring.

  4. What a tasty pasta dish!! Love the flavors. Happy Monday, Girlie!!

  5. well if this doesn’t scream spring i don’t know what does!!

  6. I love pasta salads…and they do always remind me of summer. Not that we need reminders here, it’s already hit 100 degrees…. UGH!!!

  7. When I saw the picture at the top of your post I thought, “Oooh, summer! BBQs!” I love pasta salads in the summer, and I’m always looking for new ones. Yours looks delicious, and makes me hopeful that the inch of snow we got here yesterday is just a fluke and not eternal winter.

  8. Your salad looks lovely! I’m not usually a fan of cold pasta but this looks pretty good and inviting. I’ve just made farfalle this weekend too (hot meal thought). Pop over and take a look! Buszzed.

  9. I adore the pasta salads! Yours looks so pretty, tasty and reminds me of lovely summer!

  10. That looks so refreshing. I love bowtie pasta salads and am always looking for really good recipes.

  11. Delicious. I too miss barbecue’s. Now that we’re away from family we don’t have them often. I can’t wait to have our house of our own to host one!

  12. I want to make this! Simple, healthy, and delicious.

  13. This looks so spring-y and delicious! can’t wait for the warmer weather to hit up here in Chicago!

  14. There’s nothing I love more than a good pasta salad recipe, especially in the summer! I will definitely be bookmarking this one and I look forward to taking a closer look at your recipes when I put the kids to bed tonight! I was already quickly glancing through the titles of your recipes and SO many caught my eye! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog–I can’t wait to take a closer look at yours! Have a wonderful day!

  15. Thank you for stopping by my blog and I am especially glad that you have introduced me to yours. The food looks amazing and the photos are stunning. This pasta looks like a perfect thing to bring to any potluck, barbecue or not.

  16. Perfect time for pasta salads, and absolutely love your colorful, and yummy farfalle pasta salad. Everything blends so well together.
    Love your beautiful photo, as well as all the other ones I browsed through!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment:D
    I’m following your blog, now!

  17. The pasta salad is looking so cool, loved the addition of goody goody zuchini and farfalle pasta, perfect exciting pictures Georgia and I loved ur home made ricotta cheese a lot !

  18. Thank you so much for your comment, Georgia! I’m really glad you like my blog :)
    I’m a bit of a zucchini-phobic, but I absolutely love the rest of this pasta salad – it looks delicious!

  19. So fresh…I love it. I think it would be excllent with a piece of grilled chicken.

  20. Pasta salad is always one of my favorite things about a BBQ. Your looks great.

  21. Bo – Thank you! I’m actually making it again with grilled chicken tonight! :)

  22. Georgia, thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I’m a big fan of yours! : ) This pasta salad looks amazing!

  23. Congrats on purchasing your first house this spring! My husband and I bought our first last year this time and the barbeques are definitely one of my favorite parts of homeownership :) This pasta salad looks summery and delicious! Definitely making the menu next time…thank you!

  24. Hi Georgia- your top photo of the pasta salad is just gorgeous, it just jumps off the screen.
    We had a beautiful warm Spring day here and as I looked at your pasta salad all I could think about was warm weather and tomatoes, I can’t wait.
    Thanks for your nice comments on my blog, you have some very appealing recipes and photos here, it’s a pleasure to visit:-)

  25. Hi Georgia! I just saw your beautiful photo and quickly decided to make this dish already (I’m sure everyone is)! Perfect for BBQ season. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your next recipe already!

  26. Your delicious pasta salad and memories of backyard BBQs got me all in the mood for summer! :-)

  27. Lemon flavored savory is hot right now! :) I am going to make something tonight that will use some fresh lemon juice, and I can’t wait! It’s so springy.

  28. How pretty and colorful…perfect for spring! Can’t wait to make this!

  29. I love pasta salads. If I make this salad, will it make Spring come faster in Iowa? It’s barely above freezing today. :(

    You have lovely blog; I agree completely with your premise. The best food is comfortable to make, and comforting to eat.

  30. Pasta salads are my favorite. That salad sounds so yummy. I bet you all will really love having a backyard. We were in apartments for a few years and now we have a yard again and I just love it :)

  31. This sounds so delicious – I cannot WAIT for fresh zucchini and tomatoes this summer :)

    Thank you so much for the note on my blog! Yours is one of my favorites and I look forward to every post.

  32. Hello, Georgia, and thank you for your sweet comment! I love your blog! I’ve been looking around and I see several recipes I’ve love to try just on the first page :) This pasta salad is one of them – it looks great for spring and summer.

  33. first time here…what a colorful pasta salad…loved the color and all the flavors going in! love to follow ur space…..I hav a space Only on Fish recipes…do visit whenever u hav time :-)

  34. Wonderful pasta salad…you are right…a bbq just wouldn’t be right without one. :)

  35. Loving this pasta salad! Get’s me really excited for summer!!

  36. this is so great for spring, so light and beautiful! love it!

  37. Beautiful, fresh pasta salad! What I luv about this recipe is that it can be served as either a main or side. Perfect too for lunch!

  38. Wait, I am totally confused. Why have I not subscribed to your blog??? I fixed that problem!

  39. Looks delicious! I love a light, colorful pasta like that for the changing seasons! I really enjoy your blog!!

  40. Georgia, this looks divine! This is my favorite kind of dish to make, fresh, simple but so elegant! Your pictures are wonderful too!

  41. Congrats on buying that house outside the city, sounds like lots of garden patries and BBQ’s to come in the summer! :) We’re having a barbecue this weekend, so I think I’ve not got a very good pasta recipe to make :)

  42. I am so ready for it to be summer so we can start cooking and eating outside. Your salad would be a perfect addition to any meal!

    Good luck with your home purchase, that’s so exciting :)

  43. I love the freshness of this dish! Best of luck with the house!

  44. Georgia–this pasta salad is just beautiful! The tomato + zucchini combo definitely reminds of summer…and fills me with anticipation of zucchinis in the garden in a few months. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe :)

  45. So perfect for spring! Look at all of those gorgeous colors. Yummy! :)

  46. this looks so delicious! can’t wait to try it

  47. What a pretty pasta salad! I just love dishes like this :)

  48. Looks delicious, Georgia. Funny, I did the opposite, I cooked the tomatoes and left the zucchini raw. Next time I’ll try it your way! And with the parm! So good!

  49. This is perfect for summer! Sounds delicious. :)

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