Tomato Basil Pasta Salad with Arugula

This tomato basil pasta salad with arugula is kicked up just enough to wow you with a great taste experience. The crushed red pepper flakes pack an intense punch of heat, so a little bit goes a long way. If you are not a fan of heat, omit the pepper flakes.

So, personaly, I am not one that enjoys the fire truck hot brand of food, so I can attest to this recipe being good less the pepper flakes. This recipe was from the previous owner of the site, one of many very good recipes to be found, which shows you can make your own alterations to fit your taste.

This pasta salad with basil and arugula, two peppery greens, combined with the sweetness from the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar is a real palette pleaser.


  • 4 large tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup packed arugula leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Combine all ingredients except pasta and cheese in a bowl. Toss to combine and let stand at room temperature for at least one hour.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain. Add pasta and cheese to salad bowl. Toss and serve.

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