What’s Cookin’ At The Works? Summer Salads!

Pasta Salad Tomatoes Basil

A Summer is just not a Summer without the fresh & tangy goodness of a Pasta Salad!!  Toni, our Sample Room Queen here at Clothworks, brought in this scrumptious seasonal staple to tempt our taste buds today!  Her Pasta Salad was exploding with mega-flavor, as well as fresh veggies and salami….yum!!  Topped off with some fresh heirloom tomatoes (thank you Costco) and fresh home-grown basil from Debbie, our resident Shipper and green thumb, eating this Pasta Salad was so pleasing on a warm & sunny day here in Seattle!

Sink your teeth into another close-up of this pasta yumminess…complete with garden accoutrements.    Recipe follows…. buon appetito!

pasta salad up close

Pasta Salad (for a crowd)


  • 2 boxes of Barilla brand pasta: mini penne  (penne, rotini, or shells pasta will also work for this recipe)
  • 4 cloves of garlic- minced
  • ½ of the following bell peppers: red, green, yellow, and orange- chopped into chunks
  • 1 bunch of green onions- chopped
  • 1 cucumber: skin-peeled, seeded, and cut in small chunks
  • 1 can of black olives- sliced
  • quarter pound mushrooms- sliced
  • quarter pound of thinly sliced wine salami (Toni prefers the Costco brand)
  • ¼-1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup of olive oil. Reserve some for the cooked pasta to keep from sticking.
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1-2 tsps of sea salt
  • 2 tbs of Italian seasoning
  • ½ lb shredded parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to instructions on the box
  • After pasta is cooked, drained, rinsed with cold water, and drained again- fill a large bowl with it.
  • Throw in all the ingredients- garlic, peppers, green onions, cucumber, olives, mushrooms, and salami. Mix well.
  • Add olive oil, red wine vinegar, pepper, salt and Italian seasoning.  Coat  and mix well with all the other ingredients.
  • Add shredded parmesan cheese.  Toss & mix well.
  • Garnish with fresh basil & heirloom tomatoes.

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