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Best Italian Pasta Salad

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Best Italian Pasta Salad combines Italian flavors with rotini pasta and a creamy Italian dressing. The flavors of this simple pasta salad get better as it sits!

Two bowls of best Italian pasta salad, on a white background.

Summertime is pasta salad season. It’s when we gather with friends and family for fun and food, and make simple dishes so that we can be outdoors having fun, instead of standing over a hot stove. I made this salad (and my favorite broccoli salad) before my sister and brother-in-law arrived from Colorado, and I was so happy I did. We spent the weekend by the pool, swimming and floating (mostly in the shade!) on air mattresses, and catching up on so many things. Family time is the best time!

This pasta salad is easy. Seven simple ingredients.

  • rotini pasta
  • fresh mozzarella cheese
  • red onion
  • black olives
  • hard salami
  • cherry tomatoes
  • shredded parmesan cheese
A bowl of the ingredients of best Italian pasta salad, with a jar of dressing.

Then there is the dressing. My Creamy Italian Dressing that I use on my Italian Chopped Salad. If you’ve made it before, you’ll understand why I love it so much. All the Italian flavors and it’s CREAMY!

Simple ingredients that you can keep in a jar in the refrigerator all week long. YES please.

  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • dijon mustard (key to making it creamy)
  • a bit of sugar
  • oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and s&p

A mason jar works perfect to mix this up and store it as well.

A glass pitcher of Italian dressing.

We don’t eat a ton of pasta anymore, but summertime pasta salads definitely are the exception.

Because – –

  • easy
  • portable
  • perfect to share
  • loaded with good-for-you veggies
  • just so delish

I’m all in. Are you?

A bowl of Best Italian Pasta Salad with a wooden utensil.

Make this salad next: Strawberry Bacon Salad

Please let know if you try this recipe. Be sure to comment and leave a review on the blog so I can see what you think. You can also like my Facebook Page, follow me on Pinterest, and catch me on Instagram.

xoxo ~Sue

Two bowls of best Italian pasta salad, on a white background.

Best Italian Pasta Salad

Best Italian Pasta Salad combines Italian flavors with rotini pasta and a creamy Italian dressing. The flavors of this simple pasta salad get better as it sits!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

For the pasta salad:

  • 1 lb rotini noodles
  • 1 cup black olives – halved
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes – sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup red onion – sliced thin
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella – cut in chunks
  • 4 oz. hard salami – sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup arugula – to serve

For the dressing:

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 5 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Boil the rotini noodles until al dente. Drain and rinse.
  • Prepare salad dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a mason jar. Shake vigorously.
  • Combine all salad ingredients (except arugula) in a large bowl. Pour dressing over top (you may not need all of it), and mix well.
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving. Serve with a handful of arugula and some extra parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 660mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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3 Comments

  1. Love the dressing on this pasta salad!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Josh! 🙂

  2. This salad is perfect for the hot summers! I love that it is only 7 ingredients and that it stores well in the fridge. It is so refreshing since it is cold. A perfect recipe for summer!

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