Pasta salad recipe – yes pasta in salads, this is how at home we like our pastas to be. the soft cooked pasta with crunchy veggies is always looked forward when I make pasta or Salad.
This pasta salad is jamie oliver’s recipe and he calls it the Best pasta salad. I agree. It is one of the Best pasta salads I have made and served. Have adapted the recipe from
This is the first jamie oliver recipe, I tried and it was so good that now I have decided to buy jamie oliver’s cookbooks. I am an avid reader of books (cooking & philosophical) and just one recipe is enough to convince me that the other recipes will also be good.

When I was reading the recipe, what I liked the most was boiling the garlic with pasta and then mashing it and adding to the dressing. The mashed garlic does add a lot of flavor to the pasta.
I made some adaptations like adding balsamic vinegar and using some more herbs. I did not have ingredients like red & yellow cherry tomatoes, so added regular tomatoes.
If possible use smaller shell shaped pasta. I had whole wheat pasta rigatoni (tube shaped pasta) and I felt that they were a bit large for the salad…. But nobody complained thankfully. since I wanted more crunch, I added some onions & lastly garnished the pasta with pomegranate arils.


  • 125 grams Shell shaped pasta or pasta rigatoni (whole wheat or all purpose flour pasta)
  • 1 or 2 Garlic cloves (lahsun)
  • ¼ cup Finely chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 Medium size tomato (optional)
  • 1 Small cucumber (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Herbes de provence
  • 1 teaspoon Dry basil OR ¼ cup chopped basil
  • ½ teaspoon Dry oregano
  • ½ or 1 tablespoon Garlic chives (hara lahsun)
  • 9 to 10 Pitted black olives, Sliced
  • ½ teaspoon Balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • Salt as required
  • Black pepper powder as required (kali mirch powder)


cooking pasta for pasta salad

  • Heat enough water with some salt.
  • When the water starts boiling, add the pasta along with the garlic clove
  • Cook the pasta till they are done. Drain.
  • To avoid the pasta from sticking to each other, add some oil and stir gently.

making pasta salad

  • In a salad bowl, add all the veggies and herbs. Add the pasta and toss.
  • Take the cooked garlic clove and mash it in a mortar & pestle.
  • To this add the olive oil, vinegar, salt & pepper.
  • Stir the seasoning and add it to the pasta.
  • Toss and serve pasta salad garnished with some pomegranate arils.


You can increase or decrease the quantity of herbs as per your preference.

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