Easy Pasta Salad

Pasta · Salads · Sides · April 22, 2018

Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.

Pasta Salad recipe

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I feel like the summer is almost over, and I’m wondering how in the world it flew by so quick. It seemed just days ago that I was having a baby and packing up a house and now we’ve officially been in Texas for two months. CRAZY! It’s just a constant reminder that time flies by quick and we need to enjoy every moment as much as we can. As we try to enjoy this last month of summer we’ve been spending as much time as we can outside (without melting) with BBQs and lots of popsicles. This next Easy Pasta Salad recipe is a FAVORITE (and must-have) at any family BBQ because it is so good and is very simple.

My little sister has been making this pasta salad for our family functions for at least five years now, and it’s always a hit when we make and bring it to other events. Depending on the crowd you’re feeding, or what your family likes, you can customize the ingredients to your choosing. Regardless of what you decide to include, this pasta salad will not only be delicious, but it will be the easiest Pasta Salad you’ve ever tried. 😉

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Pasta Salad Ingredients

We usually have this pasta salad with chunks of cheese, olives, mini pepperonis and Parmesan cheese BUT, you could easily take out or add in any of these ingredients:

  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Bell Peppers
  • Ham Cubes
  • Green Onions
  • Bacon
  • Salami
  • Mozzarella Cheese Balls

How to Make Pasta Salad:

  1. Boil the pasta noodles as instructed on the package.
  2. When they’re cooked, drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Add in your desired amount of other ingredients (we always use olives, cheese, and pepperonis, sometimes tomatoes and peppers).
  4. Pour at least half of the Italian dressing on the salad, and mix well.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and pour the remaining dressing on right before serving!

I just made this last week for a BBQ and everyone loved it! And I LOVE that it saves really well and leftovers taste just as good as when it was originally served. 🙂

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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 525 kcal
Author Kellyn Carpenter

Ingredients

  • 16 oz box colored rotini pasta
  • 16 oz bottle italian dressing
  • 1 c colby jack cheese cubed
  • 1 can black olives
  • 1/2 pkg mini pepperonis
  • parmesan cheese to taste
  • chopped tomatoes optional
  • chopped cucumbers optional

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta as directed on package.

  2. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  3. Add desired amount of olives, cheese and pepperonis to pasta.

  4. Pour at least half of your Italian dressing and mix well.

  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Pour additional dressing (as much as you want) before serving. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 525 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 1579mg 66%
Potassium 240mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 7.5%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 16%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Kimber

    This is so similar to the pasta salad that my in-laws have always made. It is simple but really can’t be beat. It is always a hit for both the adults and kids!
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      Lil' Luna

      It’s definitely a hit for the adults and kids! Thanks for stopping by! 😀

    Liz

    Thanks for all nice recipes.

    Hannah

    Someone I know makes something similar to this often, and I’ve been wanting the recipe! So easy and full of flavor. Thanks for sharing this. I’m still a newlywed and LOVE finding new recipes hubby will try! Planning to make soon for us. 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome, Hannah! Hope you like it (and that the hubby does too!). 😉

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    Linsey

    Do you know about how much this recipe would serve?

      Lil' Luna

      I’ve never counted the servings, but I would guess about 10 or a little more. 😉

    Nancy Maria G

    Do I see chopped tomato in your pasta salad? Have made your potato salad and I absolutely love it! Thanks for the great recipe.

      Lil' Luna

      I forgot to mention that! Sometimes I add chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. 😉 And I’m so glad you liked the potato salad – it’s our FAVORITE!!

    Janet

    Wonderful recipe ! I love salads.

    Rahul Digital

    This looks really fresh and flavorful.

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