Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs

Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs

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. Just ensure the sauce marinades 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.

Marinading Raw Tomato Pasta Sauce

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. 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!

Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs

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. 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.

Brown Rice Pasta

Sicilian Pasta Salad – Get the Recipe

Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
A simple but delicious pasta salad that everyone can eat and everyone will love. It's both vegan and gluten-free.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
  • 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
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½  tsp chilli sauce optional
  • 320 g of fusilli pasta I used organic brown rice fusilli
  1. Place all but the pasta into a large bowl. Give it a good stir and leave to marinate for an hour.
  2. Cook the pasta as per instructions. Drain it and mix into the other ingredients.
  3. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

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.


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





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





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




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





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





Sicilian Pasta Salad. PIN IT.

Sicilian Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Fresh Herbs. Vegan and Gluten-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 blythe and blogging. 



  1. Leave a Reply

    Ellen Taylor
    9th August 2017

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

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    Heidi Roberts
    10th August 2017

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

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    Gingey Bites
    11th August 2017

    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.

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    Kavey Favelle
    11th August 2017

    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!

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    Jacqui Bellefontaine
    11th August 2017

    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

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      11th August 2017

      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.

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    Kate | Veggie Desserts
    11th August 2017

    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!

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      14th August 2017

      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.

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      14th August 2017

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

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    15th August 2017

    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.

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      16th August 2017

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

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    17th August 2017

    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.

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      17th August 2017

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

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