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Summer Pasta Salad Platter With Sweet Tea Dressing

This Summer Pasta Salad with Sweet Tea Dressing is the perfect easy summer salad for big crowds. Perfectly cooked pasta, grilled veggies, fresh fruit, and savory hard cheese drizzled with a fabulous Sweet Tea Dressing infused with fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil! 

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta salad platter, pasta salad with sweet tea dressing, summer pasta salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 744 kcal
Author Mahy


For the pasta:

  • 1 box farfalle pasta (your favorite type—I used mini bow ties)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 l boiling water

For the Grilled veggies and fruit:

  • 1 bunch asparagus —2lbs
  • 1 box cocktail tomatoes —2lbs
  • 1 lbs fresh pitted apricots and peaches
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided

For the dressing:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Gold Peak Sweet Tea ( any flavor—I used diet)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

To assemble:

  • mixed olives
  • mixed nuts
  • bocconcini cheese ( feta, goat or any other cheese)
  • fresh spinach or kale


  1. Cook the Pasta according to package directions for al dente in plenty of boiling water and salt.

  2. Mix the veggies and fruits with a pinch of salt and olive oil to prepare for the grill.
  3. Grill the veggies for 2 minutes per side on a medium high grill until tender and slightly charred, remove and set aside to the cooked pasta.
  4. Prepare the sauce: In a food processor, add all the sweet tea sauce ingredients and process until the sauce is smooth. If you prefer a thicker sauce—add 2 tablespoons more of olive oil, for a runnier sauce, add 2 tablespoons more of the Gold Peak Sweet Tea.
  5. Assemble the summer pasta platter by adding your favorite ingredients alongside the grilled veggies and fruits.
  6. Take 1/4 cup of the sweet tea sauce and drizzle it over the pasta, and gently toss it.
  7. Take another 1/4 cup of the sweet tea sauce and drizzle it over the platter ingredients, and keep the remaining sauce on the side.
  8. Enjoy your summer platter by adding your favorite ingredients to the pasta and drizzle with extra sauce.

Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to use your favorite veggies and fruit for this Summer Pasta Salad, and throw in some fresh kale or spinach, some more cheeses or chopped nuts. Mostly everything works!
  • If you wanted to include some type of grilled fish, meat or chicken into this Summer Pasta Salad platter, all you’ll need to do is salt and pepper the protein of your choice and grill it along with the veggies.
  • The Sweet Tea Dressing keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  • Make a large batch of the Sweet Tea Dressing: It’s great on salads, grilled meats, and when mixed with a little mayo, it makes a fabulous sandwich spread.
Nutrition Facts
Summer Pasta Salad Platter With Sweet Tea Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 744 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 1875mg82%
Potassium 989mg28%
Carbohydrates 106g35%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 3400IU68%
Vitamin C 25.8mg31%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 5.6mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.