Pasta Salad with Avocado & Goat Cheese; done!

This isn’t really a salad. It doesn’t have a vinaigrette…. although it does have vinegar.

But it’s served at room temperature so, in my mind, it doesn’t really qualify as a pasta side dish.

Besides, it’s my recipe and I can call it what I like.

There’s avocado in it, so that helps qualify it as ‘salad’.

Regardless of what one calls it, it’s a great summer side dish that can be made ahead for a lazy dinner or easily transported to have that lazy dinner on a beach or mountain meadow or on a roadside picnic table.

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Pasta Salad with Avocado & Goat Cheese

This is a quick pasta side dish with only 6 ingredients. Great for making ahead and taking to a picnic.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • 1 1/4 cup (4oz, 120gr) pasta, bite-size
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into small chunks
  • 3oz (90gr) soft goat cheese
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Greek olives, pitted, cut in half


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain.  Do not rinse.
  • Combine goat cheese and warm pasta; stir well to combine.
  • Whisk the oil and vinegar.
  • Add the avocado to the oil/vinegar and stir well
  • Add avocado, olives, to pasta, stir gently and serve.


This will keep well, covered, for an hour or 2 at room temp. For longer storage refrigerate, but allow to come to room temp (or close) before serving.
Adding the oil and vinegar to the avocado first will help maintain its color.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 552
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 453.3 mg
  • Fat: 30.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.7 g
  • Fiber: 7.6 g
  • Protein: 17.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 19.6 mg

Keywords: pasta salad, avocado, goat cheese

Pasta Salad with Avocado & Goat Cheese

In other news….

As far as I know I am done tinkering with this blog.

I won’t bore you with details but it was a major overhaul and took an enormous amount of work to make it look like I didn’t do anything.

Google has not yet weighed in on my efforts.

I am not expecting a pat on the back.

Please let me know if something is not working the way you expect it to. Site design is a lot like proof-reading – one cannot check one’s own work.

It’s hot – I may take a glass of wine and have a dip in the pool to celebrate.

4 thoughts on “Pasta Salad with Avocado & Goat Cheese; done!”

    • Thanks – Google just sent me an email saying ‘your clickable elements are too close on mobile’. When I checked they said ‘Never mind’ Sigh….

  1. I like salads like this. And yes, room temp is good. 🙂

    Blog looks good, no problems on my end here.

    We’ve had Two Days of no rain! Back to watering my tomato plants. They’re not growing much so I don’t think I’ll have fruit before the weather turns in the fall, but we’ll see. Good experiment though. We’re going to redo the deck next year because so many boards are old and bad now and I was thinking of putting some kind of planter box on the west end. This might be a good indication of whether or not any veggies will grow in that area.

    • A planter on / by the deck is a great idea. I love having a few things close to the house. I put pots of herbs on the deck around the pool and I use them much more than the big patches in the garden.
      I still have no sign of a ripe tomato

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