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Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs

Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs

A simple but delicious pasta salad that everyone can eat and everyone will love. Full of juicy tomatoes and fresh herbs, it’s both vegan and gluten-free.

Do you have a go-to summer pasta dish? This Sicilian pasta salad with tomatoes, olives and fresh herbs is mine. I learnt the basic recipe from my Sicilian sister-in-law many years ago and as the tomato season draws nigh, I wait in eager anticipation. Andiamo!

Sicilian Pasta Salad

It’s a very simple recipe, so the quality of the ingredients is crucial. Ripe, juicy flavoursome tomatoes are a must as is a good flavoursome cold pressed olive oil.

When I was first shown how to make this Sicilian pasta salad, it only had eight ingredients: olive oil, tomatoes, olives, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and pasta. Of course, it’s very adaptable and I change it a little each time I make it. I tend to use whatever fresh herbs I have to hand, although basil is my favourite. I also add a dash of chilli sauce.

Marinading Raw Tomato Pasta Sauce

Just ensure the tomatoes marinade for at least an hour before adding the pasta and it will never cease to delight. Buon appetito, but beware the post-prandial abbiocco which follows if you overindulge.

Vegan Summer Pot Luck

This Sicilian pasta salad is a great dish for summer as the only cooking required is the pasta. It can also be made well in advance and is just as delicious the next day. I tend to make double the quantity I need, just so we have enough for the morrow.

Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs

It makes a good pot-luck dish for this very reason. As the dish is vegan and can easily be gluten-free too, everyone can tuck in with complete freedom. Serve it warm as soon as the pasta is added or at room temperature, but don’t eat it straight from the fridge. I find the flavour and texture is spoiled when cold. All we need now is for some Italian style sunshine before summer’s over. Magari!

Gluten Free Pasta

I used brown rice fusilli pasta this time, just to see how a gluten-free pasta would stack up. I was actually quite impressed. Molto delizioso. I’m lucky enough not to be gluten intolerant, but it’s good to know there are an increasing amount of good quality gluten-free ingredients out there.

Brown Rice Pasta

The pasta came from Suma with my latest order along with the olive oil, olives, capers and black pepper. In the end I decided not to use the capers.

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Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs

A simple but delicious pasta salad that everyone can eat and everyone will love. It's both vegan and gluten-free.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gluten-free, olives, pasta, salad, summer, tomatoes, vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 465kcal


  • 250 g ripe, fragrant & juicy tomatoes - chopped
  • 20 black olives - pitted & quartered
  • 4 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • small bunch of basil or other herbs - chopped I used marjoram, thyme & chives
  • good grinding of black pepper
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ½  tsp chilli sauce optional
  • 320 g fusilli pasta I used organic brown rice fusilli


  • Place all but the pasta into a large bowl. Give it a good stir and leave to marinate for an hour.
  • Cook the pasta as per instructions. Drain it and mix into the other ingredients.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.


Keep covered in the fridge for up to 36 hours, but bring to room temperature before serving and stir well.
Double or triple quantities for larger gatherings.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 863IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg


This Sicilian pasta salad with tomatoes, olives and herbs is my tenth recipe for the Suma Blogger’s Network.

The salad also goes to Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

Cook Once Eat Twice at Searching for Spice gets a share as well.

As does #CookBlogShare which is hosted by Recipes Made Easy this week.

Lastly I’m sending this Sicilian pasta salad to Le Coin de Mel for #FreeFromFridays as it’s pretty much everything free.

Some of the ingredients for this recipe were provided by Suma. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging. 


  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    9th August 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Simple but very delicious and healthy!

    • Choclette

      9th August 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Simple and delicious is a winner – especially in the summer.

  2. Ellen Taylor

    9th August 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Hey Choclette,
    Looks something new to try as Salad with Pasta. Hope, it will yummy 🙂

    • Choclette

      9th August 2017 at 6:27 pm

      It’s definitely yummy. Let me know if you make it.

  3. Heidi Roberts

    10th August 2017 at 8:44 pm

    There is something so satisfying about a simple pasta salad, just right to go with some BBQ veggies or steaks!

    • Choclette

      11th August 2017 at 8:26 am

      Very true and this is the best pasta salad ever 😉

  4. Gingey Bites

    11th August 2017 at 8:22 am

    This looks delicious and would make a great packed lunch for work just as well as it would for lunch or as a BBQ side dish! Yum.

    • Choclette

      11th August 2017 at 8:24 am

      You’re absolutely right. I used to take this into work for lunch in the old days, but WARNING, it does smell quite garlicky 😉

      • Gingey Bites

        11th August 2017 at 8:25 am

        Oh, I wouldn’t care about that! teeheeee 🙂

        • Choclette

          11th August 2017 at 1:41 pm

          Well I obviously didn’t either 😀

  5. Kavey Favelle

    11th August 2017 at 8:43 am

    Simple can often be so delicious, and I love the flavour combinations in your Sicilian pasta salad. I love the same flavours hot and cold, so would certainly enjoy this dish!

    • Choclette

      11th August 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks Kavey – it’s a cherry easy simple summer pleaser.

  6. Nico @ yumsome

    11th August 2017 at 9:29 am

    Molto delizioso! Aggiungo anche peperoncino alla mia insalata di pasta! :-p

    • Choclette

      11th August 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Well I think I understood that Nico!

  7. Jacqui Bellefontaine

    11th August 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Sounds delicious. I think most tomato dishes tend to need serving at room temperature or above. Im definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks for sahring to #CookBlogShare

    • Choclette

      11th August 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Jacqui. It’s a good one. Just make sure you use ripe flavoursome tomatoes. I’m completely with you on room temperature. I remember being served a Greek salad once where the tomatoes were so cold I could barely eat it.

  8. Kate | Veggie Desserts

    11th August 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Sometimes the simplest dishes are the most delicious. This looks utterly wonderful. I shall make it as soon as my few meagre tomatoes ripen. C’mon little guys, sorry for neglecting you!

    • Choclette

      14th August 2017 at 9:31 am

      Good luck with those tomatoes. The smell of ripening tomatoes is a true scent of summer. I’m hoping we’ll be in a position to grow some next year.

  9. Monika Dabrowski

    11th August 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I love uncomplicated straightforward dishes like this! #CookBlogShare

    • Choclette

      14th August 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Monika, it’s a good one and I make it several times every summer.

  10. Corina

    15th August 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Oh yummy! I love the combination of basil, olives and tomatoes and this pasta salad sounds simple but delicious. It would definitely be a great recipe for making a big batch of them eating up over the next few days so thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice.

    • Choclette

      16th August 2017 at 8:41 am

      Yes, it’s really tasty and lasts well Corina. Now, I just need to find some more delicious tomatoes!

  11. Jacqueline Meldrum

    17th August 2017 at 8:51 am

    This is my kind of pasta dish Choclette. We often have a cold pasta salad for dinner, even in the winter. My boys love them.

    • Choclette

      17th August 2017 at 4:42 pm

      You’ve trained them well 🙂 Not cold though, I hope. Room temperature is the way to go.

  12. Jacqueline Meldrum

    17th August 2017 at 8:53 am

    Oh an thanks for submitting it to Meat Free Mondays x

  13. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    17th August 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Oooh yes please! This looks so lovely and wonderfully easy peasy. I love pasta and I love sicilian flavours so this would be a winner for me. Eb x

    • Choclette

      17th August 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Haha, yes this is definitely up your street Eb 😀

  14. Janice

    7th June 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I absolutely love olives, so this salad is right up my street.

    • Choclette

      8th June 2019 at 8:05 pm

      I remember trying olives for the very first time as a child and finding them quite peculiar. I persisted though as I didn’t want to seem like a silly child. Luckily, it didn’t’t take me long to love them too.


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