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Summertime Pasta Salad

Nothing says summer quite like a cool pasta salad with loads of vegetables! Best of all, this recipe calls for frozen vegetables, so it's perfect when you don't have time to slice and dice fresh produce.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2/3 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced


  • In a large kettle, cook pasta according to package directions. Place frozen vegetables in strainer. Pour cooked pasta and water over vegetables to thaw; rinse and drain well. In a small bowl or jar with tight-fitting lid, combine salad dressings, dill and garlic salt until smooth. Place pasta mixture in a large bowl. Add tomatoes and dressing; stir gently to coat.

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  • mamaknowsbest
    May 21, 2018

    Quickest pasta salad! Was scared frozen veggies would be mushy. By only draining hot water over them, they stayed perfect. Recipe easily doubled. Feel free to add any fresh onions, cheese, bacon or cherry tomatoes. As a volunteer feild editor with Taste of Home magazine I enjoy recipes that can be easily customized to my family.

  • millstone
    Apr 20, 2015

    Love this recipe; so easy and quick. I steamed fresh broccoli, added chopped tomatoes, some bacon bits. Have also made with imitation crabmeat. Always a hit.

  • skinney
    Jan 9, 2015

    Took this to salad day at work. Was a great, co workers requested recipe. Made by the recipe. Love the favors.

  • joannatyner
    Jul 24, 2014

    Love the flavors. I just used onion, olives and tomatoes for the veggies and added bacon bits. Yum.

  • AdrianneKathleen
    May 28, 2014

    Yummy and so easy! Made it for a picnic and it was it the first dish to go!

  • Rhonda48
    Jul 4, 2013

    Excellent easy pasta salad. Loved it.

  • Rantana
    Jun 27, 2012

    I just made this for the 1st time... I added chopped onion and fresh chopped garlic and black olives... Delish !! Its a keeper !

  • pinkiepie
    Apr 10, 2012

    This was very good I had out of town guest who loved it too. We added tomatoes and carrots to the mix. My aunt even asked me for the recipe.

  • Kpuj
    Mar 19, 2012

    Good flavor.

  • jponce23
    Dec 12, 2011

    I wasn't a fan of this dish. There was something about the dressing (ranch and italian dressing) that just didn't seem right to me. It was a little better to eat once the pasta was chilled in the fridge for a while but I won't be making this again.