Rustic Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies – Tastefully Simple

I’m so ready for summer eats! I made this last weekend for a special shower and it turned out so delicious I had to share it. Pasta salad can be simple to make. It just needs great flavor and fresh ingredients to be a refreshing side dish. Our rustic herb seasoning is the perfect compliment to fresh basil leaves and the already fantastic bottle of prepared dressing. I love using Cheese Fantasico because I find Italian dressing a little too tart for pasta salads. I hope you enjoy this one all summer long!

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pasta salad recipe by Tastefully Simple

Rustic Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies Recipe

This recipe is for a big double batch (you can cut everything in half if you need a smaller batch)

Pasta Ingredients:
2 lbs rotini pasta (cooked, drained, cooled & rinsed)
6 medium tomatoes (chopped)
2 medium zucchini (sliced thin and cut in small pieces)
12 – 16 fresh large basil leaves (torn or sliced in chiffonade style)
salt & pepper

Dressing Ingredients:
1 bottle Cheese Fantastico dressing by Bernsteins
3 oz grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 a tub)
salt & pepper

Before Serving:
olive oil (for drizzling)


Prepare dressing by mixing the cheese fantastico, rustic herb seasoning and some salt & pepper together in a medium. Let chill while preparing the pasta ingredients.

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and let cool. Chop veggies. Add pasta and veggies to an extra large bowl. Season with some salt & pepper.

Add the prepared dressing and mix well. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Chill in refrigerator for 2 – 4 hours before serving.

Right before serving drizzle with olive oil and stir again if you feel the dressing has soaked into the pasta.

You can find and purchase our RUSTIC HERB SEASONING here. My Tastefully Simple website can be found here.

Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken

Here’s a classic slow cooker meal for anytime of year. It’s healthy and fresh tasting. I love rosemary and infusing it’s aroma into every part of this dish makes it just my style. Tastefully Simple’s all natural Seasoned Salt adds just enough depth of flavor to complete the meal.

Slow Cooker Rosemary Chickent
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Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken


2-4 chicken breasts
2 onions
4 carrots (peeled)
6 celery stalks
6 medium red potatoes
3/4 cup chicken broth or stalk
1 tbsp Tastefully Simple ALL NATURAL Seasoned Salt
1 tbsp roasted garlic infused oil by Tastefully Simple
1 tbsp real butter
salt and pepper to taste
rosemary sprigs


Chop your onions, carrots and celery and put in the bottom of your slow cooker in the order given. Add the roasted garlic infused oil on top of all the veggies evenly. Add your chicken breasts on top of the veggies (season them with salt & pepper if you’d like). Chop your potatoes in half and add them to the edges of your slow cooker with the sliced side up. Mix the broth and seasoned salt and pour over everything. Chop a tiny bit of the rosemary (about 1/4 tsp) and sprinkle it evenly over the potatoes. Put the rest of the rosemary in the center over the chicken. Place the butter on top of the rosemary and cover the slow cooker. Cook for 6-8 hours on low. Discard the large rosemary sprigs before serving. Serve in a bowl and gently ladle some of the broth juice onto the entire meal. The chicken will easily fall apart.

Purchase the seasoned salt here -

Eat your veggies!

I love my veggies, but there are only so many ways to prepare and season them. I get bored with them easily. I started adding one of my favorite seasonings to some pan cooked veggies and loved the results. I have always liked garlic pepper, but the store bought one I used to get would always clump up on me. Tastefully Simple has their own all natural version that is a finer grade than most store bought types. It never clumps! It also adds a ton of flavor to whatever I’m preparing. I hope you try out these recipes and enjoy them.

Garlic Pepper Spinach on the Stove Top

A large bag of ready to cook Popeye spinach
2 tbsps butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic pepper seasoning
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 – 2 tsp salt

Add the olive oil and 1 tbsp butter to a large saute pan and heat over medium to high heat until butter melts. Add in half of the spinach. Stir until it begins to wilt and you have room in the pan for the rest. Add the remaining spinach, salt & garlic pepper. Stir frequently until cooked through (it won’t take long) and then add in the other tbsp of butter. Stir and add in the balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Cover and keep warm until the rest of your meal is ready. Scrumptious.

Are you interested in reading the reviews on the garlic pepper seasoning or ordering some for yourself? Find out more information on the product here.

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Garlic Pepper Zucchini

One of the quickest side dishes to make. Just cut 3 zucchini into thick chunks. Saute the zucchini for 6-8 minutes (stirring often) in a couple of drizzles of olive oil and season with salt + garlic pepper from Tastefully Simple + a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if you like a bit of heat.. This is a yummy accompaniment to any main dish.

Garlic Pepper Zucchini

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