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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

This Italian pasta salad is a delicious cold salad that can be made quickly, packed with pasta, crisp veggies, fresh mozzarella, black olives and salami.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 328.78kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 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 pasta 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.


  • If you love garlic, use 1 to 2 cloves of fresh garlic in place of garlic powder! Using your garlic press makes it super fast and easy.
  • Be sure to prepare this salad 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.
  • Make this as a side dish for your next meal or serve at your next party.


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
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