Classic Italian Pasta Salad

This Classic Italian Pasta Salad is so easy to make, but ALWAYS a favorite whenever I bring it to parties. Everyone always asks for the recipe and there is never any leftovers!

This Classic Italian Pasta Salad is heavy on the veggies and bursting with flavor!

I love this salad because it’s so easy to make and the perfect side dish to bring to parties and pot lucks!

This Classic Italian Pasta Salad is so easy to make, but ALWAYS a favorite whenever I bring it to parties. Everyone always asks for the recipe and there is never any leftovers!

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I took this pasta salad to my son’s Cub Scout “Blue and Gold” meeting earlier this week.

Are you familiar with Cub Scouts? Growing up, my brother never did cub scouts and I only have one son, so this is my first experience with it.

My husband (who is very familiar with the program) has been working out of town for the past year, so I’m trying to do all the scouting things with my son on my own. Mom style.

This Classic Italian Pasta Salad is so easy to make, but ALWAYS a favorite whenever I bring it to parties. Everyone always asks for the recipe and there is never any leftovers!

The boys had to come up with carnival games to play at their latest meeting and my son chose to do a ring toss. I bought several 2 liter bottles of soda and some pool rings. I gave my son and his friend a poster board and told them to make a sign for their game. I left the room and came back to a scribbled, barely legible sign.

I suggested for them to turn the poster board over and start over. But they had already scribbled on the back. Letting go of my OCD I just went with it and prayed I wasn’t going to be that mom that let their kid have a mess of a poster.

Lucky for my son, I do know what I’m doing in the kitchen.

This Classic Italian Pasta Salad is so easy to make, but ALWAYS a favorite whenever I bring it to parties. Everyone always asks for the recipe and there is never any leftovers!

I was able to whip up this delicious Italian Pasta Salad in no time.

I love tons of fresh veggies in my salad, so I added lots of cucumber, red bell pepper, onion and broccoli. And since my kids love olives, I added a bunch of those too. No Italian pasta salad is complete without some pepperoni, so don’t forget to add that!

This Classic Italian Pasta Salad is so easy to make, but ALWAYS a favorite whenever I bring it to parties. Everyone always asks for the recipe and there is never any leftovers!

HERE’S A TIP: 

If you’re not a fan of chomping down on raw broccoli, just add the broccoli to the boiling pasta water for the last two minutes and then drain. Quickly rinse with cold water so the broccoli stops cooking, and you’re left with a tender-crisp bite. It’s perfect.

Toss everything with your favorite Italian dressing and you’re set!

This Classic Italian Pasta Salad is so easy to make, but ALWAYS a favorite whenever I bring it to parties. Everyone always asks for the recipe and there is never any leftovers!

I truly adore this salad. You’re going to love it too!

Oh and my son’s poster fit right in with all the other 8 and 9 year old boys. 😉

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Serves 12

Classic Italian Pasta Salad

This Classic Italian Pasta Salad is a quick and easy side dish that's full of veggies and flavor!

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. tri colored rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups thick sliced English cucumber
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (6 oz) can medium black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 of a purple onion, diced
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoni, quartered
  • 1 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the pasta and 1 tsp olive oil. Cook until the pasta is al dente, and then add the broccoli florets. Cook 2 more minutes and then stain pasta and broccoli in a colander and run cold water over it until the pasta and broccoli are cooled. Drain completely and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the sliced cucumber, red bell pepper, olives, onion and pepperoni. Add in the pasta and broccoli and stir to combine. Pour in the dressing and toss to coat.
  3. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve (up to 4 hours ahead of time for best results). Stir again before serving. Enjoy!
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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  1. Lilly
    With the pasta, veggies, Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese I add green olives and black with cubed pepper jack cheese. I never use onions or pepperoni.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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