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Italian Summer Pasta with Orange and Basil

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Cool fresh Italian Pasta Salad with Sweet Oranges, Basil, and Golden Tomatoes. So easy and so delicious! A summer pasta salad you’ll be making all season.

Summer Italian Pasta Salad with sweet oranges, basil and golden tomatoes! #pasta #pastasalad #summer #italian

This my friends, is what I’ll be eating all summer.

Partly because I love a good summer pasta salad with fresh seasonal ingredients. And partly because I’ve got some exciting news to share…

This summer the A Spicy Perspective clan (that would be me, Lt. Dan, and Baby Spice 1 and 2) are taking A Spicy Perspective on tour to ITALY!


We’ve been planning all year for our first international trip with the kids and are so excited to share our adventures, travel photography, and of course new-found italian meals with you right here on ASP.

Making Summer Italian Pasta Salad with sweet oranges, basil and golden tomatoes! #pasta #pastasalad #summer #italian

In preparation for our Italian experience, all four of us have been practicing the italian language via Rosetta Stone. It’s so cute to listen in as the kids roll their Rs over passionate sounding sentences about finding the restroom and eating an apple.

La donna sta mangiando una mela. 

See? Everything sounds more appealing in Italian.

Making Italian Pasta Salad with sweet oranges, basil and golden tomatoes! #pasta #pastasalad #summer #italian

Subconsciously, we’ve also been craving Italian dishes more than normal. Not that we ever stop craving them. Yet simple things like a light italian pasta salad, risotto, or bruschetta have been popping up unexpectedly in the kitchen.

I must be blacking out and making them, because no one seems to know how these beautiful fresh Italian-inspired dishes come to be.

Does that happen in anyone else’s kitchen?

How to Make Italian Pasta Salad with sweet oranges, basil and golden tomatoes! #pasta #pastasalad #summer #italian

This is one such italian pasta salad that seemed to just come into existence, brightening my day.

Made with rustic DeLallo Organic Whole Wheat Pasta, sweet mandarin oranges, fresh basil leaves, and golden tomatoes, it’s the next best thing to eating fresh pasta in Italy.

How to Make Summer Italian Pasta Salad with sweet oranges, basil and golden tomatoes! #pasta #pastasalad #summer #italian

A refreshing summer pasta salad that is speckled with citrus zest from lemons, limes and oranges, and kissed with earthy olive oil. The addition of scallions and fresh basil balance the sweetness and acidity from the citrus and the golden tomatoes, making this italian pasta salad a well-rounded dish to serve on any occasion.

Easy Italian Pasta Salad with sweet oranges, basil and golden tomatoes! #pasta #pastasalad #summer #italian

Like tonight, for instance. You should make it tonight.

Si consiglia di servire questa pasta stasera.

You won’t be sorry. Ciao!

Simple Summer Italian Pasta Salad with sweet oranges, basil and golden tomatoes! #pasta #pastasalad #summer #italian


Italian Pasta Salad with sweet oranges, basil and golden tomatoes! #pasta #pastasalad #summer #italian
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Italian Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Summer Italian Pasta Salad with Sweet Oranges, Basil and Golden Tomatoes.
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound DeLallo Organic Whole Wheat Farfalle Pasta
  • 4 small seedless oranges zest and orange segments (like clementines or mandarin oranges)
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1 lime zest and juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups golden grape tomatoes halved
  • 3/4 cup scallions cut into 1 inch segments
  • 3/4 cup torn basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  • Place a large pot of salted water over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook the DeLallo pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, zest the oranges, lemon and lime. Place the zest and the juice of the lemon and lime in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and whisk. Peel the oranges and gently break the segments apart. Place them in the bowl.
  • Cut the tomatoes in half and add to the bowl. Then pour the drained pasta over the tomatoes and gently toss to coat. Add the scallions and basil leaves to the bowl and toss. Salt and pepper generously, about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 344kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 108mg, Potassium: 374mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 665IU, Vitamin C: 56.9mg, Calcium: 136mg, Iron: 1.3mg
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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  6. Just letting you know I’ve featured your “Italian Pasta Salad” recipe on my blog. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!

  7. Oh what a fun trip you guys will have!! This pasta sounds so delicious – love the citrus basil combo!

  8. WOW–a trip to Italy! Looking forward to the photos and recipes YUM!
    The salad looks delish!

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  10. This pasta is so colorful, it just screams “Spring and Summer is here”. The recipe is very Italian: so fresh and flavorful.

  11. Ooh, I’ve always loved pasta salads but have never tried it with oranges. But I guess there’s always a first, right :) ? I’m so, so happy for you that you’ve got the chance to go to Eaataly LOL ! I’m also looking forward to photos, blog posts and great stories of your time there. Can’t wait to hear about it, but for now, great pasta salad recipes will have to do :D

  12. So jealous of your upcoming trip, you are going to have a fabulous time! There’s never a day that I don’t want to be in Italy ;). Gorgeous salad!

  13. This colorful, flavorful and refreshing salad sounds scrumptious. Can’t wait to make it.

    Have fun in Italy. We were there for two weeks last year with a 20 month old toddler and loved every bit of it.

  14. What an exciting trip, I am so jealous! This pasta salad is so colorful and flavorful looking, absolutely beautiful! Pinned!

  15. So bright and flavorful!

  16. Beautiful pasta salad, Sommer! I love the addition of citrus! Pinned!

  17. Wow! Have a great trip to Italy! Love the combo of this pasta salad… Nice and refreshing.

  18. I am so excited for you!! I love Italy so much- we got married there. Best food EVER! I also really like this incredibly unusual combo! I bet that sweetness is awesome!

  19. I’m so jealous you’re going to Italy!! I can’t wait for the blog post and take notes b/c we’re heading there next year!! Love the fresh pasta salad to gear you up for your trip!

  20. Who couldn’t use a fresh summer pasta recipe?! Love the flavors in this!

  21. Stunning, Sommer! My kind of weeknight pasta.

  22. Love the orange and basil combo!

  23. Wow. So bright and vibrant. This dish is screaming Spring!
    Italy….what an experience that will be. I’m sure you’ll have a blast.
    Have a beautiful weekend Sommer!

  24. Italy sounds like it will be amazing!! I cannot wait to see photos and hear all about it!
    For now, I will juts have to make this gorgeous pasta salad!

  25. Wow, what a great trip! I got to visit Rome a few years ago. Loved it loved it loved it! So many things to photograph. It’s just amazing. This salad – I’m loving all of the flavors involved. Delicious!

  26. I’m so jealous… Italy sounds so amazing… I will just have to stay home and eat your wonderful salad and dream of Italy!