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Lemon Basil Vegetable Pasta Salad in a Jar – five layers of flavors combine with a fresh lemon basil dressing to create this easy pasta salad!

Lemon Basil Vegetable Pasta Salad in a Jar

Yield: 4 mason jar salads
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Lemon Basil Vegetable Pasta Salad in a Jar with six layers of flavors including pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, red onion, zucchini and squash and a fresh lemon basil dressing!
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For the dressing:

  • 2/3 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove

For the salad:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 small summer squash, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups cooked bowtie pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup mozzarella balls
  • 2/3 cup chopped red onion
  • fresh basil, for garnish


To make the dressing:

  • Combine the basil, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until well blended; set aside.

To make the salad:

  • In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the zucchini and squash and cook until tender and cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, combine the pasta and two tablespoons dressing. Stir to combine.
  • Divide the dressing between four standard sized mason jars. Layer the remaining ingredients in the mason jars, starting with the pasta on the bottom, tomatoes, mozzarella and onion in the middle and the cooked zucchini and summer squash mixture on top. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired. To serve, pour the contents of jar into a bowl and mix to combine. You can also seal jar and store in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.


Serving: 0g, Calories: 455kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 467mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 680IU, Vitamin C: 38.7mg, Calcium: 127mg, Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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