Summer Cooking: How To Make Pasta Salad FAST!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

During the brutal heat of a Texas summer I like to serve cooler food that doesn’t require much time in the kitchen. This pasta salad is super-fast with Herb-Bombs! 

During summer I like cooler food that doesn't require much time in the kitchen. This pasta salad is super-fast with Herb-Bombs! #TexasHomesteader

Can You Freeze Herbs In Oil?

Of course! Freezing chopped fresh herbs in oil is a great way to preserve that fresh taste for later.

I’ve shared with you my procedure for making Herb Bombs – ice-cube sized bundles of deliciousness that include chopped fresh herbs and garlic from my garden topped with olive oil & frozen in an ice cube tray.

Chopped herbs and minced garlic frozen in an ice cube tray. #TexasHomesteader

I’ve used these Herb-Bombs to quickly & easily make my plain rice much more flavorful. 

But today I’m going to be making pasta salad. During these dog days of summer I’m always looking for cooler dining choices that don’t require lots of time in the kitchen.

Using Frozen Cubes Of Garlic & Herbs In Olive Oil

BOOM!  Enter this pasta salad made super-fast with my premade Herb Bombs made with olive oil & fresh herbs & frozen into cubes!

I’d already made two different kinds of Herb-Bombs. One kind was made with rosemary, garlic, thyme, basil & sage.

And I’ve made another Italian-flaired one with heavier garlic & basil and including some of my dehydrated tomato powder stirred in. Let’s see how this pasta salad thing goes…

Making a Basic Pasta Salad

Making a basic pasta salad is pretty easy. I used tricolored pasta, it’s colorful and fun. And it cooks in only 7 minutes.

Here’s how I made it

      • 3 cups of dried rotini pasta.

      • Enough salted water or broth to fully submerge pasta while cooking.

      • Boil pasta 7 minutes & strain.

When the pasta was cooked I transferred it to a bowl and stirred in a couple of flavor bombs. Those frozen cubes melted into the hot pasta and added quite the explosion of flavor. 

(deep breath…)  Oh.  My.  Goodness. The aroma going on in my kitchen was amazing. As the herb bombs melted they added a touch of olive oil as well as all those fresh minced herbs.

I tasted the pasta salad and thought it would do quite well as a basic stand-alone pasta salad as-is.

Delicious & Colorful Fresh Vegetable Add-Ins

But I had a some fresh garden tomatoes just begging to be used.

Now my mama always told me presentation is half the dish, and mama’s always right!

I knew the bright red tomatoes would not only be tasty but also add some color.

Fresh tomatoes from our Texas vegetable garden. #TexasHomesteader

So I chopped up one of those bright red orbs of summer and stirred it into the pasta. It gave my pasta salad just a little more taste of summer.

But what about cucumbers? I’ve planted heirloom pickling cucumbers and they’re actually producing very well.

Fresh garden cucumbers with dark green skin and small bumps are perfect for pickling. #TexasHomesteader

Nothing feels quite as cool on a hot summer day as a crisp cucumber. So I chopped up a cucumber harvested fresh off the vine and stirred it into my pasta salad as well. DELICIOUS!

I also added a couple of drops of lemon juice to give my salad a little citrus kick. But these are all only additions I made to suit our tastes. In my opinion this pasta salad is a winner either way!

During summer I like cooler food that doesn't require much time in the kitchen. This pasta salad is super-fast with Herb-Bombs! #TexasHomesteader

Pasta Salad Made The Way You Like It

I love that you can go as basic or as *WOWSER* as you like with this salad. And it doesn’t take much time at all in the kitchen. 

If you want it’s delicious on its own and you can serve it as-is.

Or if desired you can chop up whatever veggies you have in your garden that would go well in a pasta salad. I’m thinking purple onion would be delish stirred into this salad too. Whaddya think??

During summer I like cooler food that doesn't require much time in the kitchen. This pasta salad is super-fast with Herb-Bombs! #TexasHomesteader

Without further adieu, here’s my Quick Pasta Salad recipe. Give it a try, I know your family will love it as much as we do.

Did you make this dish? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Cold Pasta Salad Made FAST With Frozen Herbs / Olive Oil

When it's hot outside you want something cool to go with supper.  Check out this quick-n-easy pasta salad uses a frozen cube of minced garlic, fresh herbs and olive oil for a flavor explosion. #TexasHomesteader

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil, pasta, rotini pasta
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 3 cups dry rotini pasta
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Herb-Bombs (or minced fresh herbs & olive oil)
  • Enough broth or water to cover pasta


  1. Bring salted water to a boil. Add dry pasta and stir thoroughly. When water returns to a boil, continue boiling pasta uncovered for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Strain cooked pasta in a mesh colander and place hot pasta in a bowl.
  3. Add about 1 Herb-Bomb per about 1.5 cups dry pasta, or to your taste. (I used two Herb-Bombs for three cups of dry rotini pasta)  If desired you can substitute herb bombs with minced fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary & oregano and a splash of olive oil.
  4. Stir to thoroughly coat pasta - may add a few drops of lemon juice to add a little acidity. Chopped tomatoes are a nice stir-in, and chopped cucumbers go well too.


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6 thoughts on “Summer Cooking: How To Make Pasta Salad FAST!

  1. Danielle @DIYDanielle

    I was JUST thinking that I needed to make some pasta salad too! Now I have a recipe that I can try! Thanks for linking up at #SustainableSundays

  2. Keri

    The pasta salads look awesome!! I’ve never used herb bombs but they sound like they make a flavorful dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. Carolyn

    I have never heard of a Herb Bomb, but I think I will make some this afternoon! I always buy herbs and have to throw some out as they go bad before I can use them all up. Now – problem solved!! Thanks so much!!

  4. Joanne T Ferguson

    Thanks for sharing this at the Say G’day party! Pinned all ! This looks delicious and never heard of flavor bombs!

  5. Karen S.

    Interesting recipe, we have one too, not with the flavor bombs but this is something we should try.

  6. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    I love a good pasta salad and really love that this one is so easy, too! Thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday!



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