Summer Pasta Salad & Liption Iced Tea #TEArifficPairs

June 2, 2014Holly Sosa

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For those of you who follow me via social media, you know that iced tea & I, we have a relationship. She is there for me every single morning & during the summer, she is there all day long to keep me cool & satisfied as I sip her down to nothing. I drink my Lipton Fresh Brewed Iced Tea straight up. I usually don’t like to add anything in aside from maybe a lemon on occasion. This summer, I’ll definitely be pairing it up with as many dishes as I can. #TEArifficPairs

You can pick up Lipton Fresh Brewed Iced Teas at your local Walmart! Right now, they are easy to find in the promotional set ups!

With temperatures warming up, one of my favorite summer dishes is a cool, refreshing pasta salad, Growing up, my mother made this or some version of it for just about every barbecue, party, or summer event. I love it because it’s so versatile & can be totally customized to your family’s likes & dislikes. It’s also pairs up perfectly with my daily nectar Lipton Fresh Brewed Iced Tea, so it’s a win in my book all around!
  • one pound of pasta, preferably rotini
  • one bottle of Italian dressing
  • one large cucumber
  • one package cherry or baby tomatoes
  • mozzarella (I find that stealing a few of my kid’s string cheese works perfectly!)
  • bacon
  • black olives
  • Aside from the pasta itself & the dressing, everything in this dish is totally up to you. Like mushrooms? Toss some in. Want to make it a bigger meal for dinner? Add in some diced chicken breasts. Don’t like tomatoes? Omit them. One of my favorite add-ins not used today is pepperoni. Yum!
Cook your pasta as usual. When you drain it, kit it with cold water. If you plan on serving this immediately, toss in some ice cubes. This is a cold pasta dish & the water/ice will help bring the temperature down so we don’t have any melty cheese or wilted veggies. Place in a large bowl, cover, & place in fridge.
Peel & slice your cucumbers into bite sized pieces. For me, it works best when I slice up the whole cucumber, then cut each slice into quarters a few at a time. You also want to half the tomatoes. This just makes them easier to eat with a fork. Also slice your mozzarella into small chunks. Using my kid’s string cheese has been the best trick here. It’s the perfect width & all I have to do is cut it into small slices.  If you want to add in mushrooms or pepperonis, now is the time to get all of that prep out of the way.


Once all of your veggies are diced up, pull out your pasta bowl, & toss all of the ingredients on top. I like to use the already cooked bacon, nuke it, dice it up real fine, & add it in once it’s cool. Drain your olives & add those in, too. Next, pour the entire bottle of Italian dressing on top. Yes, the entire bottle. The noodles soak up a lot of the dressing, so it won’t be nearly as zesty as you think.


If you’re serving this immediately, go ahead & toss it & serve. If you’re making this for later, toss everything until it’s coated in dressing, cover, & pop in the fridge. When it’s time to serve, you may want to have another bottle of dressing within arms reach just in case. Those noodles really absorb up that dressing.
Lastly, pour yourself a large cup of Lipton Fresh Brewed Iced Tea, add in a fun straw, pat yourself on the back, & sip yourself into bliss. The pairing of refreshing iced tea with this cold pasta salad is a perfect way to bring in summer.


How do you prefer to drink your Lipton Fresh Brewed Iced Tea? Do you like yours black like me? Or with sugar in it? Maybe some fruits to sweeten it up naturally?


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