Italian Pasta Salad

italian pasta salad

Pasta salad is one of my favorite summertime meals. The versatility is never ending so it's always new, but always easy. Add a loaf of crusty bread and fresh lemonade or iced tea and you have a terrific beat-the-heat dinner. Making pasta salad is so simple and this formula will help you on your way to being a pasta salad expert.

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


    8 oz. uncooked rotini pasta
    4 cups of a combination of the following:
    diced salami or pepperoni
    diced mozzarella cheese
    diced plum tomato
    halved black olives
    diced green peppers
    cannelini beans
    2 cups Italian dressing*
    Parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. Cook the pasta until done to desired tenderness and drain well. Al dente is best since soaking in dressing can cause the pasta to become mushy. Cool completely.
  2. Toss with meat, mozzarella, tomato, olives, peppers, beans and dressing.
  3. Garnish with parmesan cheese.
  4. Chill for an hour before serving.

*Ingredient Tips
There are some salads that need a bit more or less dressing, but if you do it often enough, you can get a good idea what is needed beforehand.

See more recipes from Anne Coleman (aka Short Order Mom).

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