EASY ITALIAN PASTA SALAD RECIPE

Have you made our Easy Greek Pasta Salad? It’s really good and one of our most popular recipes on our site. Here’s the thing though, not everyone is a fan of feta cheese, so we felt like we had no choice but to bust out an amazingly Easy Italian Pasta Salad recipe complete with mozzarella cheese, fresh and flavorful Homemade Italian Salad Dressing, and meat and vegetables galore.

HOW TO MAKE PASTA SALAD DRESSING

We first made this Italian Salad Dressing in a recipe for Cowboy Caviar Quinoa that totally breaks our hearts.
We’ve become close with all of you as readers so we don’t mind opening up and telling you the truth. And the truth is, some of our favorite recipes never end up taking off on the blog (or pinterest which feeds us, haha). Every blogger will tell you the same thing, the recipes we think are totally going to make it and be a reader favorite often end up flopping while the recipes we whip together on a whim and think will tank end up being viral.

No one understands it, but that’s the way it is. It’s at 255 pins on pinterest right now.

Whomp, whomp.

We love it as a salad or eaten with chips.

Maybe the quinoa scared people away.

How to make pasta salad dressing starts with a 2/1 ratio of oil and vinegar. Next add in any herbs that you’re wanting to pull flavor from and don’t forget a little salt and pepper as well.

There’s something about pasta salad recipes and summertime that just make the world happy. Our Easy Italian Pasta Salad recipe has a homemade Italian dressing, meat, cheese and veggies!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Pound Rotini
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pepperoni
  • 1 Cup Chopped Salami
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Black Olives
  • 1 Cup Chopped Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Red Onion
  • FOR THE DRESSING
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Dry Parsley
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dry Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic, minced
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice, fresh
  • 1 Teaspoon Dry Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Dry Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

FOR THE DRESSING

Prepare the dressing by adding everything to a glass jar, adding the lid and shaking to combine, or whisking in a bowl.

FOR THE PASTA SALAD
  1. Cook the pasta for about 7-8 minutes so it’s just al dente.
  2. Place the cooked pasta in a strainer in the sink and let cool.
  3. Add the mix in ingredients and the salad dressing as well as salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently to coat and serve within 30 minutes.


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