#HotSummerEats ~ Garlic Veggie Pasta Salad

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Today's dish is super simple, and completely "summer" in a bowl. I adore veggie pasta salad. We typically use Italian dressing as the base and sometimes I add olives or some mozzarella. The ingredients below combined beautifully for a light, refreshing, satisfying side dish. The T.Lish vinaigrette / marinade is perfection. I've tried two of the three sauces I was sent so far, and I can't say enough good things about these products. They are absolutely delicious and incredibly versatile.

I will definitely be making this again, and next time I will be marinating some chicken breasts in the T.Lish garlic sauce, grilling the chicken, and serving that warm over the pasta salad - I think that will take this dish over the top and be a wonderful, all-in-one meal for any summer afternoon.

Cool, refreshing watermelon is the perfect accompaniment to this dish!

Garlic Veggie Pasta Salad

2 cups cooked, cooled pasta (I used penne)
1 small carrot, peeled and diced into thin rounds
1 small stalk celery, diced
8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 ripe avocado, diced
3 - 4 TBS T.Lish Sweet Garlic sauce
1/2 TBS grated parmesan
1 TBS diced real bacon bits

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients and toss well to combine, sprinkle parmesan and bacon bits over the top and serve.
Disclaimer - Thank you to #HotSummerEats sponsors BenBella Vegan, Caribeque, Casabella, Gourmet Garden, Intensity Academy, Not Ketchup, Out of the Weeds. Pirate Jonny's, Quirk Books, Spicely Organics, T.Lish, and Voodoo Cheffor for providing prizes as well as samples and product to use for#HotSummerEats. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions stated are my own. 


  1. Oooo heck yea that dressing was awesome! I can only imagine how good it was in this pasta salad.

  2. I an so crazy about that sweet garlic dressing and then last night I made a pasta using the Asian Sesame dressing.....oh, Rebekah....wait until you try that!!

  3. I love the sweet garlic! It's just begging to be used as a pasta salad! Great Choice!

  4. Oh, yes! I used this sauce for some grilled squid. Truly amazing!

  5. I love that you added the Parm! I bet it made the salad pop!

  6. Looks awesome, love the texture the parm gives.


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