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Summer Pasta Salad with Dill Vinaigrette

This easy dill pasta salad is the perfect accompaniment to your summer grill outs. Serve it Nicoise Salad-style or toss everything together for a more traditional serving option.

Course Side
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword dill, pasta salad
Servings 10
Calories 257 kcal
Author Shelly Westerhausen

Ingredients

For the pasta salad:

  • 1/2 pound green beans
  • 1/2 lb small potatoes (a variety of red, purple, and gold are what I used)
  • 8 oz pasta (I used Alessi's Organic Penne)
  • 15 oz canned chickpeas , drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , sliced in half
  • 1 bunch radishes , stems trimmed and sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup olives

For the dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I used Alessi's extra virgin olive oil)

Instructions

  1. Prepare an ice bath by combining water and ice in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large stockpot full of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender but crisp. Use tongs to transfer the cooked beans into the ice bath and set aside.
  3. Using that same boiling water, add the potatoes and let them boil for 12 to 15 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, bring another stockpot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to the package directions. Remove from heat and strain.
  5. Transfer pasta to a large but shallow serving dish, making sure to pile the pasta a bit higher on one end. Top with green beans, potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes, radishes, and olives. Alternatively, you can just toss all the ingredients together for a more traditional looking pasta salad.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, dill, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour olive oil into the mixture while constantly whisking to emulsify the dressing. Pour over the pasta salad.
  7. Cover and let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving to let flavors develop.