Italian Pasta Salad

Perfect for potlucks this Italian Pasta Salad is a zesty and flavorful salad recipe that is full of tomatoes, pepperoni, black olives and Parmesan cheese all coated in a tasty Italian dressing. 

Italian Pasta Salad

Spring has FINALLY sprung here in Minnesota. We had one of the worst blizzards last weekend but this past weekend it was in the 60’s and sunny. I mean finally Mother Nature has got her britches in right. 

Maybe it’s only me but you truly know it’s Spring when you can hear the birds chirping right away in the morning. Maybe it’s different for us because we don’t get that all year round but it literally brings a smile to my face each and every morning.

Want to know what else brings a smile to my face? This Italian Pasta Salad, that’s what! This pasta salad recipe has loooooong been a favorite dish in our house. My mom used to make it for me growing up then she introduced it to my husband and it’s been his absolute favorite salad ever since. 

Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Now there is nothing special about this Italian Pasta Salad recipe. It’s such a basic recipe that it’s hard to mess up. Making it the perfect recipe to bring along to any spring or summer gathering that you have planned this year. 

There are so many different variations of the Italian Pasta Salad that I couldn’t even begin to tell you what that “actual” first recipe ever consisted of. But I’m sure going to tell you how we make our version. 

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED?

  • Tri-Colored rotini pasta
  • Pepperoni
  • Black olives
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian dressing

Seriously you guys, how can you go wrong with a list like that! We like to keep it short and sweet in this house and this Italian Pasta Salad recipe is one of the best ones out there!

Pasta Salad Recipes with Italian Dressing

Like I said, this recipe is quick and foolproof. Throw everything into a bowl and mix together. I mean how much more simple can it get? 

HOW DO YOU MAKE ITALIAN PASTA SALAD?

  • In large bowl toss together pasta, pepperoni, tomatoes, black olives and parmesan cheese.
  • Pour your dressing over top and toss to coat.
  • Chill for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Pour remainder of dressing over top if needed.

We have this Italian Pasta Salad multiple times every year. Whenever we grill, this recipe is always requested by friends and family. It’s one of those recipes that people always ask for you to write down and rave at how simple it is and get so excited. At least that has been the reaction I have gotten. 

So if you’re looking for a great simple side to your next bbq, potluck or gathering this easy Italian Pasta Salad is one to keep in your arsenal. Full of zesty flavors, it’s hard not to pass this one up. 

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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Italian Pasta Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Chilling
45 mins
 

Perfect for potlucks this Italian Pasta Salad is a zesty and flavorful salad recipe that is full of tomatoes, pepperoni, black olives and Parmesan cheese all coated in a tasty Italian dressing.

Course: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 1 16 oz box Garden Rotini Pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 3/4 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 3/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 3/4 - 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 of a 16 oz bottle Italian Dressing
Instructions
  1. n large bowl toss together pasta, pepperoni, tomatoes, black olives and parmesan cheese.
  2. Pour your dressing over top and toss to coat.
  3. Chill for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Pour remainder of dressing over top if needed.

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