Veggie Pasta Salad


Last Updated on May 3, 2023

This veggie loaded pasta salad is one of my absolute favorite meal preps! It’s packed with flavor and comes together in under 30 minutes. This recipe was made in partnership with WishBone Dressing, but all opinions are my own. 

Veggie Loaded Pasta Salad

With summer right around the corner, pasta salads are going to be on repeat all week long. They’re one of my favorite meals to prepare for the week since they come together easily, are cost-friendly, and will leave you with leftovers for days on end.

This veggie filled pasta salad is truly one of my go-to recipes, and a delicious way to pack in grains, fiber, and even protein.

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While pasta salads are so customizable, one thing I love to do to keep them consistent is to use a store-bought dressing. Wish-Bone Italian dressing has been a favorite of mine for so many years. It adds the most delicious flavor to the pasta salad without being overbearing, and complements the ingredients so well.

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What you’ll need for this pasta salad

You can load up your pasta salad with pretty much anything you have on hand. Here’s what I added to mine:

  • Pasta- I chose cavatappi
  • Wish-bone Italian Dressing, or your favorite variety of theirs 
  • Crunchy veggies, like cucumbers, peppers, and onion
  • Canned veggies, like corn and chickpeas
  • Cheese- I chose havarti but also love using mozzarella or pepper jack 
  • Olives
  • Basil 

This recipe will stay fresh in the fridge for 5-6 days. It’s the ideal make-ahead meal since it gets better the longer it marinates. I love serving it along for a quick lunch, or pairing it with grilled salmon for a well-rounded meal. 

This veggie pasta salad is so flavorful, easy to make, and packed with nutrients. You guys are going to love it! 

Thank you to Wish-Bone for sponsoring this post. I only work with brands I truly love and believe in.

Other pasta recipes you’ll love:

Roasted Beet Pasta

Caprese Pasta Salad

Green Goddess Pasta

Veggie Pasta Salad

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  • 12 12 -16 oz pasta of choice, I used cavatappi

  • 2 2 persian cucumbers

  • 8 oz 8 bag mini peppers

  • ½ red onion

  • 1 can 1 corn, drained (15 oz)

  • 1 can 1 chickpeas, drained (15 oz)

  • 8 oz 8 havarti cheese, cut into cubes

  • ½ cup green olives

  • ¼ cup fresh basil

  • 8 8 -10 oz Wishbone Italian Dressing


  • Cook the pasta as instructed on package. Drain and set aside
  • Dice the cucumbers, peppers, onion, olives and basil
  • Add the pasta to a large salad bowl then add in all of the veggies and cheese
  • Mix together with the dressing until evenly incorporated. Adjust dressing if desired.
  • Serve cold or at room temperature. Keep refrigerated for up to 6 days

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