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Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing Recipe

Lil' Luna
Easy Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing takes minutes to make. It's a classic side dish, perfect for BBQs, picnics, or any night of the week!
5 from 50 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Refrigerating Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 344 kcal


  • 16 ounces (4 cups) colored rotini pasta (fusilli, farfalle, and penne work too) cooked
  • ½ cup diced black olives
  • ½ cup cubed Colby Jack cheese
  • ½ cup mini pepperoni slices
  • ¾-1 cup Italian dressing

Optional Mix-Ins

  • chopped cucumbers, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped peppers, ham cubes, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts


  • Cook pasta as directed on the package. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl, combine cool pasta, olives, cheese and pepperoni.
  • Pour at least half of Italian dressing into the pasta salad and mix well.
  • Add any desired mix-ins to the pasta salad and mix well.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Stir in additional dressing to taste before serving.



Make Ahead: This pasta salad is best when eaten right after you put on the additional dressing after chilling. If you want to make it ahead of time, combine all ingredients except the dressing in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate. Toss with the dressing right before serving.


Serving: 1gCalories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 11gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 515mgPotassium: 178mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 123IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Easy Pasta Salad, Italian Dressing Pasta Salad, Italian Pasta Salad Recipe, Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing
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