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Pasta Salad makes a simple, quick and perfect side dish for warm weather entertaining.

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My mother-in-law makes a pasta salad that I fell in love with when my husband and I first started dating. It was a hot afternoon and the whole family had gathered at her  house that Sunday afternoon for an afternoon swim and supper.

Ribs had been cooking all afternoon and were fall off the bone delicious. Green beans had been simmering on the stove and of course she had homemade ice cream and her scrumptious key lime pie to go along with it.

Then, she brought out a huge wooden bowl filled to the brim with this delectable pasta salad. She used a tri-colored twirl pasta that was a feast for the eyes as much as for our tummies.

Luckily for me, during our engagement, friends of ours hosted a recipe shower for me where guests brought many of their favorite recipes along with a dish to either cook or serve the recipe.

By the way, if you are planning a shower for an engaged couple, I couldn’t recommend a recipe shower enough!

Well, low and behold, one of the recipes that my then future mother-in-law gave me was this recipe for her pasta salad.

It is easy as pie to make and serves a crowd.

Perfect for summer suppers.

It works perfectly as a side dish, but you know what? It also makes a very filling lunch and works just as well for family reunions or potlucks! It is a well-loved recipe!

Here’s how I make her pasta salad recipe.

Granna’s Pasta Salad

Soup & Salad 25 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 8
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
Pasta Salad makes a simple, quick and perfect side dish for warm weather entertaining.


  • 1 (16-ounce package) twirl pasta
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 bunch spring onions chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce package) black olives
  • 1 (8-ounce bottle) Italian dressing


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain and cool.
  • Mix in cucumber, onions, and black olives.
  • Pour in Italian dressing and mix-well.
  • Serve cool.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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  1. This sounds SO perfect for summer. I’m bookmarking to make this soon. I make a pasta salad that also uses cucumber and I love the combination. Thanks for sharing this. Have a great day Robyn!

  2. Never had a pasta salad with cucumbers and now wondering…why? Sounds like the perfect summer dish.