Easy Pasta Salad

Pasta · Recipes · Salads · Sides · October 24, 2017

Easy and delicious 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

Favorite Pasta Salad

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 trying to spend 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 with everyone when we make and bring it to other events. Not only is it delicious, but it is the best and easiest Pasta Salad I’ve ever tried. 😉


East Pasta Salad

We usually have it with chunks of cheese, olives, mini pepperonis and Parmesan cheese BUT, you could easily take out or add any of these and throw in some cucumber, tomatoes or more.

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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How to make Pasta Salad:

Easy Pasta Salad
Easy and delicious Pasta Salad - Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing!
Recipe type: Salad
  • 1 12-16 oz box colored rotini pasta
  • 1 bottle italian dressing
  • 1 cup colby jack cheese cubed
  • 1 can black olives
  • ½ package mini pepperonis
  • parmesan cheese to taste
  • tomatoes (chopped - optional)
  • cucumbers (chopped - optional)
  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!

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    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!

      Lil' Luna

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


    Thanks for all nice recipes.


    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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    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!!

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