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Side Dishes

Italian Pasta Salad with Garlic-Oregano Vinaigrette

There’s no better time to bust out all your side dish recipes than summer, when there’s an outdoor party or potluck practically every weekend. But if you’re looking for some fresh ideas, stop sifting through your old recipe cards. You’ve hit pay dirt with this creative, family-friendly, and super-flavorful pasta salad.

Pasta salad is always welcome at a party, but if you want to give it an upgrade, go with chunky veggies, Pecorino cheese, and a generous amount of Italian vinaigrette to keep it from drying out. This version is sure to become a new favorite.


10 servings

Total Time

30 minutes

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For the salad, cook gemelli in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions; drain, rinse with cold water, then drain again. Transfer pasta to a large bowl; add cucumbers, tomatoes, Pecorino, and onion.

For the vinaigrette, whisk together vinegar, oil, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, and honey; toss with pasta.

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