Bruschetta Pasta Salad

This Bruschetta Pasta Salad is a perfect summer side dish.  Loaded with tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese and noodles this salad is a must make dish!

Was there ever a better foodie match than tomatoes with basil and garlic and cheese?  Now let’s add some noodles and you have a Bruschetta Pasta Salad.  Oh yes…think about that for a second.  You want to make it don’t you?  Picture yourself on a sunny summer deck, with a glass of wine (or sparkler) in hand…you’re sitting down to a delicious summer meal and this salad is on the menu.  Ahhhhh

I love this flavour combination so much that I’m planning to dedicate 2 big flower pots in my garden this summer to growing tomatoes and basil and I can’t wait.  These two plants are a match made in heaven, even in the garden…they’re perfect companion plants that help each other grow.  When I plant them side by side I get the best basil in the world!  And that means plenty of bruschetta, goat cheese tartsCaprese salad, and this bruschetta pasta salad.  Hello summer.

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

So let’s get back to this pasta dish, shall we?  This dish is fresh and very easy to put together.  For this pasta salad the noodles, tomatoes and basil are tossed with olive oil, a little balsamic vinegar, some parmesan cheese, then seasoned with salt and pepper.  Just simple and delicious.  And you can use any kind of noodles that you like for this dish, I just happened to have some orecchiette noodles around so I used them.  I liked how the shape of the noodle held the bruschetta so you had a mouthful of flavour in each bite.



Bruschetta Pasta Salad


This Bruschetta Pasta Salad is a perfect summer side dish.  Loaded with tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese and noodles this salad is a must make dish!



  • 3 cups cooked pasta
  • 5 tomatoes (chopped (I use vine ripened because they have the most flavour!))
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp red onion (chopped finely)
  • 12 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bunch basil (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 24 tsp balsamic vinegar (to your taste)
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt & fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, onions, garlic, chopped basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese.
  2. Let this mixture rest for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Then toss the tomato mixture with the cooked noodles.
  4. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
  5. You can serve and enjoy this recipe right away, or let it rest for up to an hour before enjoying!

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Oh, and you’re gonna need a mint…trust me on this one.

Looking for more Pasta Salads?  Here are some great ones!

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Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

Summer Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing

Summer Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing

Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply Kathy May 18, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Made this today and I am praising you left and right. So delicious. I used cherry tomatoes fresh from the Farmer’s Market, my own fresh basil and added cubed mozzarella, Also, used “lemon” balsamic by mistake but WOW! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 27, 2015 at 2:11 PM

      I’m so happy you liked this salad Kathy! The addition of the lemon balsamic sounds fantastic!

  • Reply Jerusha (@TheDisneyChef) May 18, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    I’m in love with this idea! I know you said at the end you’d need a mint, but honestly, it inspired me to try and add mint to this. I bet it would taste amazing!

  • Reply Bonnie Lyn Smith May 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Pinned! I love everything about this! Never occurred to me to add pasta to my favorite salad! Awesomeness! Coming to you from “Espressos of Faith” via #CoffeeandConversation!

  • Reply Evija May 22, 2015 at 3:26 AM

    Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. This looks delicious, cant wait to try it myself, thank you for sharing! Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

  • Reply Hannah @ eat, drink and save money May 22, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    This looks so good!

    Thanks for linking up with Share the Wealth Sunday.

  • Reply Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden May 22, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    I can’t wait to try this…the tomatoes, basil, everything sounds so good together. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  • Reply Shellie Bowdoin May 23, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    These fresh ingredients are bound to sing against the pasta! Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!

  • Reply Linda Kilsdonk May 23, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    This looks like an absolutely perfect summer salad. I love anything with fresh off-the-vine tomatoes, and this sounds delicious! Pinned it to give it a try! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

  • Reply Jennifer Tammy May 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Wow – that sounds AMAZING. I’m also now curious about a lemon balsamic or adding fresh mint — I’ll let you know if I try that variation!

  • Reply Katherines Corner May 24, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    this looks perfect! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Tuesday xo

  • Reply Karly May 24, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    This sounds over the top amazing! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  • Reply Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse May 25, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Oh, goodness! This looks and sounds so good! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s bash! Hope to see you again at the party! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  • Reply Nettie Moore May 26, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Congratulations! Your bruschetta pasta salad has been featured at our Simple Supper Party! Nettie LINK:

  • Reply Nicole from Flavors by Four May 27, 2015 at 4:46 AM

    Just stopping by to let you know that we’ve picked this recipe to feature at today’s Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!! Come on over and check it out 🙂

  • Reply Kristin May 28, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Oh my!! This looks awesome!! Can’t wait to try this out at the next cookout!!

  • Reply Made From Pinterest May 28, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Yum! This looks delicious! Thanks so much for posting this. I am going to make it as soon as possible. Keep posting awesome recipes like this I am way excited to see what is to come!

  • Reply Pam @ The Birch Cottage May 29, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    This recipe looks simple, fresh and yummy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Denise July 1, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    I’m going to try this for a 4th of July picnic and add some black olives….how many servings is this recipe? This looks amazing!!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 1, 2015 at 2:56 PM

      Oh this is perfect for picnics! This easily serves 6 – 8 people! Happy July 4th do you!

  • Reply Chels Bull July 15, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Do you think I could make this a day in advance for a party? Would refrigeration kill the tomato flavor? Thanks!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 20, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      Hi Chels! I’m so sorry I missed your question! I think I’m probably too late, but I did find that the salad was best made the day of, but it was good the next day as well – just not as sharp in flavour!

  • Reply Debbie November 16, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    This sounds so good. Is it possible to make this the night before and add the mixture the next day? I don’t have time the morning before.

  • Reply Billy January 10, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    how much does this serve?

  • Reply Liz January 24, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Nice salad – thank you.

  • Reply cherie Carr March 30, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    How many servings does this recipe make

  • Reply cherie Carr March 30, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Never mind

  • Reply Monique April 5, 2016 at 12:45 AM

    I would like to make this for a party I’m hosting. How much do you think I need for 40 people?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife April 5, 2016 at 8:04 PM

      Hi Monique! I’m not 100% sure, but I would at least triple the recipe for that many people.

  • Reply Virginia April 30, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    How many does this serve?

  • Reply Paul Ferrante May 14, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Sounds great. I haven’t made it yet but have a question, when you say 2 green onions, do you mean scallions? Because 2 raw onions for 3 cups of pasta sounds like a lot to me.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 15, 2016 at 9:37 PM

      Hi Paul! Yes, I am referring to scallions not sweet or yellow/white onions!

  • Reply Chrisie June 7, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    As an Italian, you must put fresh mozzarella otherwise known as Bocconcini into this recipe. It makes the whole thing.

  • Reply Shirley July 16, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    I made this yesterday and paired it with grilled chicken legs and thighs. Absolutely wonderful!! I’ll be making this time and time again. Oh and today we ate the leftovers for lunch!!! Thanks so much for this one!!!

  • Reply Shanda February 12, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    I am allergic to Balsamic vinegar. The only kind of vinegar I can have is regular white. Can I substitute that or is there something else you recommend?

  • Reply LETIZIA TRIPP July 5, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    hi , I have tried soo many pasta salads and just cant find one I like . this sounds delicious . I am Italian and I also think I would add fresh mozzarella and the shredded parmesan too . pinned it . I am definatelly going to try this .
    thank you for sharing

  • Reply Amy Thompson July 11, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    I made this the other night it turned out great! My husband and I took leftovers to work for lunch the next day and it was still delicious. I used big bow tie noodles and I think next time small shells would be better. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Taminara August 18, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    When your pasta salads got “pretested” in bowls by the kids before going to a pot hit jackppt! Thank you

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife August 20, 2017 at 9:57 PM

      Oh I love that!!

    • Reply Kim June 24, 2019 at 1:23 PM

      Fabulous!! I can see myself making this over and over.

      • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney June 25, 2019 at 8:52 AM

        I’m so happy you enjoyed it Kim! It’s perfect for summer!

  • Reply Sharon July 21, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Made this for a pot luck at church & have to let you know that it was raved about by so many people!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! My husband keeps asking me to make it again so am doing that today.

  • Reply Jess April 9, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    I don’t like to repeat recipes often, but I’ve been having this meal 2-3 times a month for probably a year! I’ve been making this with cheese tortellini or ravioli to bulk up the pasta part. Sooo good!

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney April 11, 2019 at 9:07 AM

      I’m so glad you like it Jess! And great idea to use cheese tortellini…I’m totally going to try this!

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