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Italian Pasta Salad

My Easy Italian Pasta Salad recipe is always a huge hit at a summer BBQ! It's a simple side salad made with all your favorite pasta salad ingredients.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 302kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $8


  • 12 ounces rotini pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 8-ounce can sliced black olives drained
  • 20 slices salami quartered
  • 20 slices pepperoni halved
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese diced
  • 1 container Italian Dressing see note


  • Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Cool completely. (I like to rinse the cooked pasta with cold water to cool it down faster.)
  • Mix pasta with peppers, olives, salami, pepperoni, tomatoes and cheese.
  • Add dressing - as desired - and toss salad. Chill until ready to serve. Can be made up to 8 hours before serving.



I used about 1 cup of dressing, but you can use more if you prefer more. Just buy a full bottle of Italian Dressing - your choice of brand, flavor - and use as much as you want.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 31.3mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1.1mg