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Pasta salad

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

This Italian Pasta salad has it all! Tender pasta, salty pepperoni, cubed mozzarella, lots of diced veggies and a homemade olive oil and garlic dressing. The longer it sits the better it tastes! Perfect for potlucks, BBQs or simple side dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword italian pasta salad, pasta salad, pasta salad recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 493kcal
Author Lauren


For the pasta salad:

  • 3/4 pound rotini pasta cooked
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely diced
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese cubed
  • 5 oz pepperoni cubed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 english cucumber diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper diced

For the pasta salad dressing:


  • Cook pasta according to box directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Add pasta to a large bowl and add in remaining prepared salad ingredients.
  • For the dressing, whisk together garlic, vinegar, sugar, and seasonings. Stream in olive oil to emulsify and pour over salad. Toss to coat and add in extra Italian seasoning as desired.
  • Serve pasta salad or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.


Feel free to use 3/4 cup prepared Italian Salad Dressing in place of the homemade.


Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 698mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 29.9mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 1.8mg