My Mother is the Queen of pasta salads. Literally. She has enough pasta salads in her arsenal to get through the whole summer without repeats. Many of them are worth repeating however, so she’ll find a way to squeeze them in.

As a child, I remember being fond of some, like chicken curry pasta salad,¬†and not so fond of others, presumably this one as I hated both blue cheese and olives at that young stage of life. Now I’ll take the blue cheese & olive combo anyway - fried, in a salad, a martini or preferably all three at the same time. :)

I’m finally starting to understand the great meal that is the pasta salad. Easy to throw together, tastes even better the next day and no oven required. Just thinking about pasta salads reminds me of summer dinners as a kid, eating on the porch. While I rarely eat on my balcony these days, I may just serve up a bowl of this and head out to the sun for a summer lunch worth dreaming about.

Blue Cheese & Olive Pasta Salad - 6-8 servings

  • 2 cups farfalle pasta (I used Barilla PLUS)
  • 6 oz can of black olives, halved
  • 2 cups green grapes, halved
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbled
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt & pepper

Cook pasta as directed. Set aside in large bowl and let cool.

Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt & pepper until smooth in small bowl. When pasta is cool, add other ingredients and dressing to bowl. Toss to combine.

Refrigerate overnight if possible. Serve cool or at room temperature.

16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    I love pasta salads!! I can’t wait to try this! I love the combo of blue cheese and olives.


  2. erica
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    Oh my gosh girl! This looks great. I would have to find a substitute for olives those. I have never been a fan!


  3. Tes
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am

    The pasta salad looks so beautiful. It sounds so yummy!


  4. Amanda@SenseiTalks
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    That pasta salad looks amazing! Love blue cheese and olives together…especially in a martini ;-)


  5. mary beth hughes
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    this sounds like the perfect salad for 4th of july weekend. i will have to give it a try, i might even add some nuts!


  6. Nutritious Foodie
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    This sounds delish. I love Pasta Salad and I love blue cheese.. sounds good to me :)


  7. Erin at thehealthyapron
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    I love pasta salads too! Always brings great BBQ memories with friends and family! Particularly great for the 4th!! I will be linking to this post sometime this week!


  8. Katie
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    I love pasta salads! I’m always looking for a new one to try so I will be adding this to my list. Thank you!


  9. Kate
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    in agreeance about the blue cheese and olive combo, especially in a gin martini ;) the addition of grapes in the pasta sounds uber yummy too.


  10. Faith
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

    Ooh, pasta and olives – count me in! Olives (or ollibs, as I called them) was one of my first words!


  11. Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

    I absolutely love pasta salads! In fact, I prefer them to any pasta dish. This recipe looks amazing!


  12. therabbitrunner
    Jun 30, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    oh my gosh pasta salads are my favorite! especially when they have olives in in :) to me, its not a summer BBQ without a pasta salad.


  13. Karla
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    This looks like such an interesting combination! I’m intrigued by the grape and olive combo!


  14. Jennifer Banks
    May 27, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    I was looking for Olives Nutrition and found your site. This sounds delicious! Thank you for the recipe!


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