Rotini Pasta Salad

This easy pasta salad recipe can be customized to your tastes. Swap in your favorite cheese, or vinegar of your choice.

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Kitchen hacks and meal planning go hand in hand. It is important to make meals suited to your pallet. If you don’t have a certain cheese on hand - get creative and use what you have in your pantry.

Use this pasta salad recipe as a guide and check out our customizable recipe ingredients suggestions below:

Base Recipe: Ingredient Suggestions: 
Protein+ Rotini Pasta Barilla Rotini Pasta
Red Wine Vinegar
Sherry Vinegar
Feta Cheese
Goat Cheese or any other creamy crumbly cheese
Sliced Almonds  Chopped Cashews or Walnuts

Ingredients 8 Servings


  • 1 box Barilla® Protein+ Rotini pasta 
  • 1 jar Barilla® Rustic Basil Pesto sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups red and green grapes, halved, divided
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced, divided
  • 1½ cups Feta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cups almonds, toasted and sliced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil season with salt and cook pasta 1 minute less than required cooking time.
  • Drain pasta and toss with olive oil and place on a sheet tray to cool down.
  • In the meantime, in a large bowl add vinegar, mustard and pesto; stir to combine.
  • Add cooled pasta, ¾ of the grapes and ¾ of the avocado and gently fold to combine.
  • Garnish with nuts, cheese and the remaining grapes and avocado.
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