Parmesan – Asiago Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies & Olives

Penna Great Olives sent me a couple of their fabulous products {an Asiago-Parmesan Spread and a HUGE bag of fabulous olives} a while back and I used them {and fresh veggies from my garden} to make the best pasta salad for my  husband’s 20th high school reunion last weekend. Well, I thought it was fabulous, and I happily chowed down… {Store-bought pasta salad is kind of gross, and it’s so easy to make your own!!}

I really love olives and Penna’s olives are sure to please. They are huge and flavorful with a nice crunch and a tart, tangy flavor? How the heck do you describe the taste of an olive, anyway? Delicious. That’s how I describe them. If you like olives, you’ll really enjoy these. And the Parmesan-Asiago Spread? Fantastic in pasta salad!! I didn’t like it too much with crackers, but it’s really nice added to a dish like pasta salad. I think it’d be great in mashed potatoes and as a marinade for chicken, too!

Here’s my recipe for the pasta salad I made last weekend.

Parmesan – Asiago Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies & Olives    
Recipe Type: side dish
Author: Michelle @
  • 2 boxes multi-colored pasta
  • 1 diced red onion
  • 2 diced sweet peppers {I used orange peppers from my garden}
  • 3 diced roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped green olives
  • 1/3 cup Penna Parmesan Asiago Spread
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • {And if you like, add a little bit of the juice from the olives, too. It gives the pasta salad another delicious dimension – probably about 1/3 cup, but I just dump.}
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool.
  2. Add Pamesan Asiago Spread and olive oil. Stir well.
  3. Add veggies.
  4. Add olives.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Refrigerate at least 2 hours prior to serving.
  7. Enjoy!

YUM!!  If you like olives, you’ll want to stay tuned! Penna also just sent me a bunch of fresh olives that I get to cure myself! I’ll be blogging about it, of course! It looks really fun. {I hope…} ;-)

Maurice and Cindy Penna, a husband and wife pair of olive enthusiasts and growers, make olives available at a price that won’t blow a grocery budget. The Pennas own M&CP Farms, 100 acres of olive production, processing and packing, located in the fertile Northern Sacramento Valley of California. {I wish I knew them when we lived in Sacramento…}They have owned the  land since 1951.

You can connect with Penna Great Olives at their website, on facebook, andtwitter.

Peace out and try this pasta salad!

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  1. What a lucky gal to get a jar of those great tasty olives! You certainly made good use of them. This is a delicious pasta recipe! And yes, I always add a little olive juice to pasta. It's so good!

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