The Best Pasta Salad. Ever.


This is a good one. Packed with fresh vegetables, delicious turkey kolbassa, and complimented by the aromatic flavour of basil. It is versatile in the sense that it can also accommodate vegetarians, by simply not adding the kolbassa. This will instantly become a family and party favourite.

What you need:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1/2 coil turkey kolbassa
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 cup sliced, pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 small bag of penne or rotini noodles



  1. Cook pasta slightly past al dente. Drain and rise under cold water until completely cooled down. Set aside.
  2. Finely chop red, yellow and orange peppers. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Cut kolbassa into thin strips.
  3. Make dressing. Whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, dijon and parmesan cheese. Set aside.IMG_7318
  4. Add cooked pasta, peppers, tomatoes, olives, kolbassa, and dressing into large bowl and stir well.
  5. Allow pasta salad to set for a minimum of two hours. I will normally let it sit overnight.
  6. Before serving, toss in finely chopped fresh basil. IMG_7341

Note: This makes a large quantity. Perfect for parties and works well as leftovers. 



8 thoughts on “The Best Pasta Salad. Ever.

  1. Looks amazing!!! I will just delete the meat, cheese and oil, and add vegan parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast, that would taste great in here too), which would make the salad still very amazing!!!! Looking forward to making this, thanks for the recipe!!!! 🙂


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