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A bowl of Italian pasta salad with fresh mozzarella, tomato, olives, and pepperoni
Recipe

Classic Italian Pasta Salad

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

With a zesty homemade dressing, rotini pasta, fresh vegetables and mozzarella, this Classic Italian Pasta Salad is a guaranteed hit at any summer potluck or picnic! Not only is it packed with flavor but it comes together quickly and easily too!


Ingredients

For the Pasta Salad:

  • 1 lb (16 oz) tricolor rotini pasta
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz fresh mini mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoncinis
  • 1 cup mini pepperonis
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

For the Italian Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, then rinse under cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella, olives, pepperoncinis, pepperoni, red onion and parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the pasta and gently toss until well coated. Refrigerate for an hour or two before serving, or overnight. Pasta salad will last for 3-4 days covered and refrigerated.

Keywords: homemade Italian dressing, easy potluck recipes, easy summer salads