Gluten-Free Arugula Basil Tomato Pasta Salad

This is a gluten-free pasta recipe that I threw together this week while staying in Rome with my husbands family. In between sight seeing we came home for our “siesta” which my husband maintains as a regular tradition, even after having left Italy five years ago. He’s got me in the routine here in Italy and I actually feel so good when I get to break up my day with a nap. I get through the day so much more energized and by the evening feel so much better. Unfortunately when not on vacation it’s just not always possible, but you gotta love the Italian traditions!

Here a few highlights from our trip:

Roman Ruins

Roman Ruins

Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere, Rome

So back to the recipe 🙂 . This is now one of my go to recipes when I’m short on time but want something savory, satisfying and full of fresh flavor. It literally takes ten minutes to make, and is so easy. It’s made with just a few simple ingredients and is totally delicious! Trust me you’re gonna wanna to make this one (wink). It’s great anytime of the year but it’s a really nice fresh dish for a summer evening and the whole family will enjoy it.

Gluten-free pasta

Fresh arugula

Italian olives

Nowadays gluten-free pasta is becoming so easily accessible you can find it even in your local grocery store, usually. Barilla pasta makes a wonderful gluten-free pasta..but of course it’s made by the Kings of pasta..Italians! But if you can’t find that one I really enjoy the quinoa or corn pasta found in most health food stores. They don’t become one sludgy mess like rice pasta often does. They seem to maintain their texture better.

Gluten-free arugula basil pasta salad

Gluten-free arugula basil tomato pasta salad

Going gluten-free was essential for me in healing my fibromyalgia. In fact, on the rare occasion when I first started I’d get off track and indulge for a few days in gluten rich foods I noticed my pain instantly flare up. It would literally cause a flare-up. So now I’ve just come to the realization that it’s just not worth it. I don’t miss the pain or digestive issues enough to indulge to that point.

Gluten-Free Arugula Basil Tomato Pasta Salad

Gluten-Free Arugula Basil Tomato Pasta Salad

There really is no exact recipe needed it’s all really to taste, but I wrote down how much I used to give you an idea of quantity used for one portion. Feel free to adjust adding more or less as you wish. It can easily be turned into a dish that feeds four.

Servings 1


Gluten-free Penne pasta (3 handfuls)

Arugula (1/3 of the bag)

Roma tomatoes, diced (10-12 small ones)

Italian olives

1 clove garlic, minced

High-quality cold pressed olive oil (1/2-1 tablespoon)

Fresh basil (a handful), chopped fine

(optional) 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes

1) In a small pot cook the pasta (follow directions on the package for proper cooking technique and timing). 2) In the meantime, in a medium size bowl add the rest of the above ingredients. 3)When pasta is cooked, drain the water and add with the rest of the ingredients mixing in well. Serve and enjoy.

If you get a chance to try it leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it!




  1. Donna on September 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    This was delicious. Enjoyed it very much. I didn’t have Arugala so I used baby spinach and baby kale. It was very good. I look forward to trying it with the Arugala too.

  2. Laura on September 21, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I absolutely love this recipe! It is quick, easy and satisfying.

    • Christine on September 29, 2015 at 6:35 am

      So so happy to hear that Laura. With a busy nurse schedule a quick, easy and satisfying meal is the order of the day!Thanks for sharing! Xo

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