Easy Pasta Salad

Easy Pasta Salad
  • Prep: 5
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Serves: 4


  • 350 g pasta shapes (spiral or bows)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1/2 medium capsicum, chopped
  • 250 g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 whole olives
  • 150 g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tbs basil pesto
  • 1 medium Lebanese cucumber, diced


1. Cook pasta according to packet directions. Once cooked, drain the pasta and set aside, reserving a little bit of the cooking liquid.

2. Heat the oil and fry the garlic and capers until fragrant. Add the capsicum, tomatoes and olives and cook for two minutes. Pour the pasta back into the pot with the spinach, pesto and a small amount of cooking liquid. Stir until the spinach has wilted slightly.

3. Cool and add the diced cucumber for a delicious pasta salad.


  • Add grilled chicken or tuna to your pasta salad for a balanced meal
  • If you are missing any ingredients, try using any veges that you have in the fridge

Nutrition information

per serving per 100g
Energy 1368.9 kJ 371.4 kJ
Protein 11.7 g 3.2 g
Fat, total 8.7 g 2.4 g
— saturated 1.4 g 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 45.9 g 12.5 g
— sugars 4 g 1.1 g
Fibre 6.9 g 1.9 g
Sodium 257.6 mg 69.9 mg

Recipe and image supplied by Cancer Council NSW Healthy Lunch Box website.