Italian Summer Pasta with Orange and Basil

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


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26 comments on “Italian Summer Pasta with Orange and Basil

  1. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onionposted May 9, 2014 at 5:43 am Reply

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

  2. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted May 9, 2014 at 6:34 am Reply

    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!

  3. Tieghanposted May 9, 2014 at 6:37 am Reply

    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!

  4. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted May 9, 2014 at 6:54 am Reply

    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!

  5. Mariaposted May 9, 2014 at 7:00 am Reply

    Love the orange and basil combo!

  6. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted May 9, 2014 at 7:11 am Reply

    Stunning, Sommer! My kind of weeknight pasta.

  7. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted May 9, 2014 at 7:43 am Reply

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

  8. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 9, 2014 at 8:18 am Reply

    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!

  9. Heather Christoposted May 9, 2014 at 8:24 am Reply

    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!

  10. Kim @ Kim's Healthy Eatsposted May 9, 2014 at 8:33 am Reply

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

  11. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted May 9, 2014 at 11:32 am Reply

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

  12. Gabyposted May 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply

    So bright and flavorful!

    Rating: 5
  13. Danae @ Recipe Runnerposted May 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm Reply

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

  14. Lail | With A Spinposted May 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm Reply

    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.

  15. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted May 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm Reply

    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!

  16. Eats Meets Westposted May 9, 2014 at 7:39 pm Reply

    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

  17. Julia | JuliasAlbum.composted May 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm Reply

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

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  19. Elizebethposted May 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm Reply

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

  20. Kristen Dukeposted May 11, 2014 at 9:05 pm Reply

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

  21. Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)posted May 15, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
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