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Italian Pasta Salad

This zesty Italian Pasta Salad is a delicious cold salad that can be made quickly, but that does not lack in flavor! It is packed with pasta, crisp veggies, fresh mozzarella, black olives and salami. Make a double batch to share at your next summer gathering.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: how to make a zesty italian pasta salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 328.78kcal


  • 12 oz package Rotini pasta
  • 1 orange bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 of a red onion, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 15 oz can sliced black olives
  • 8 oz package fresh Mozzarella pearls halved
  • 8 oz sliced salami cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water. Add to a large mixing bowl along with pepper, onion, tomatoes, olives, Mozzarella, salami, vinegar, olive oil, Parmesan, parsley, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Other ingredient options to toss into your salad: Pepperoncini would add additional zing and delicious flavor! Roasted red peppers or sun-dried tomatoes are delicious additions, too.
Don’t forget to salt the water when cooking your pasta – it adds flavor!
Use grape or cherry tomatoes for this salad, OR! If you have Roma tomatoes on hand, use them! Cut them in half, remove the seeds (discard), then chop the rest of the tomato into bite sized bits.
If you love garlic (ME!) you can use 1 to 2 cloves of fresh garlic in place of garlic powder! Using your garlic press makes it super fast and easy.
This salad is best made just prior to serving it. If you do make it early in the day and let it sit in the fridge, give it a quick stir and add a squirt or two of Italian salad dressing because some of the liquids will soak into the pasta.
Add 1/2 to 1 cup of sliced green olives!
Replace grated Parmesan with freshly shredded Parmesan, if desired.


Calories: 328.78kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.63g | Protein: 12.55g | Fat: 22.3g | Saturated Fat: 6.8g | Cholesterol: 40.88mg | Sodium: 977.12mg | Fiber: 0.06g | Sugar: 4.99g