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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Classic Italian Pasta Salad

This Classic Italian Pasta Salad is a quick and easy side dish that's full of veggies and flavor!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 270 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: broccoli, Cucumber, Italian, olives, Pasta, pepperoni, Salad, sweet pepper
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
36 Responses
  1. Agnes

    Good day Shawn. I do not use pepperoni and olives. What can I use as a substitute for the pepperoni and olives? I am planning to try this recipe this coming Sunday. What main would go well with this pasta salad?

  2. 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.

  3. Liis

    Hi,

    For someone who doesn’t like olives at all what would you recommend as a substitute? If any? I’m going to do this salad for tomorrow and eat it during the home-alone weekend.

  4. Libby Kushma

    How does this Pasta Salad hold up in the refrigerator? I’m thinking of making it ahead of time for a 4 day boating trip at Lake Powell and curious if it will be okay refrigerated for that long.

  5. A Big Fan

    Shawn–I just wanted to say, I love your site and have been gleaning from it for quite a while. Lately I have been doing some new gleaning–for a blog that I co-write. I just wanted you to know that I have been adding your recipe links in my blogs. Just wanted you to know in case you get added traffic and are wondering. I will always link back to you directly. I am getting ready to feature a list of your recipes so I will send you that blog once finished.

    1. Well, you know what?! No one said a thing! In fact, there were some other boys that made a poster and I kid you not, it looked almost identical! Made me feel better for letting the kids have creative control.

  6. Meredith

    Do you have a good recipe for an Italian Dressing that would be good on this salad? I am making a cold-Italian-vegetable dish for a friend who is a soy and dairy allergy.m

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; 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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