CYMERA_20140701_123910This past weekend I went to a pool party and so I threw this salad together since I knew we needed something light and refreshing as we tan.

This recipe was a hit, affordable, quick, and extremely flavorful. I made a huge bowl there were only a few bites left at the end of the day.

Even a few of the guys wanted the recipe. Your wish is my command. Here you go!


  • *This is enough to feed a party of about 10
  • 1 Box of Veggie Penne (It is orange and has a whole serving of veggies in it)
  • 3 Green Zucchini Squash
  • 3 Yellow Squash
  • 3 Cucumbers
  • 2 Vines of Roman Tomatoes
  • 2 Cans Pitted Black Olives
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 Large Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt, pepper, oregano, other Italian seasoning


  1. Cook the penne as directed. Then rinse with cold water and throw it in the fridge or freezer if you are short on time while you chop all the veggies.
  2. Use a peeler to peel the skin off all the squashes to throw away. Then use the peeler to shred the zucchini. I am sure there is a real word for it, but just keep peeling and watch out for your fingers.
  3. Dice the cucumbers.
  4. Dice the tomatoes.
  5. Dice the onion.
  6. Cut the black olives in half.
  7. Throw all off of it in a bowl and mix with the dressing.
  8. Chill in the fridge.
  9. Pack it up for the party and serve. I did not expect it to be that big of a hit, but it certainly was!


  • *This is all up to your taste.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice into a glass
  • Add in extra virgin olive oil. I tend to add in half the amount of the lemon juice because I like the taste of lemon.
  • Add in half the amount of the lemon juice worth of balsamic vinegar
  • Add salt, pepper, oregano, and other Italian seasoning to taste. I added some rosemary, fennel, lemon salt, parsley, thyme, and basil.
  • Mix it altogether and you have a light and refreshing dressing.

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