This Italian pasta salad recipe is healthy, fast, and easy to make! A tangy vinaigrette, salami, mozzarella, and fresh herbs make this one delicious main course or side dish! Ready in only 30 minutes.
It's the time of year where I'm bouncing back and forth between soups/winter comfort food and more summery dishes. It's been above freezing here for a few days now, and I'm hoping that it's the last of winter.
I might be a bit premature hoping for that, though, as we usually get at least one big dump of snow in March. Ah, Canadian winters.
I always think of cold pasta salad as a warm weather food. That doesn't have to be the case, but I do want to get some more pasta salads up on my blog in time for warmer temperatures.
This is a great make-ahead pasta salad for BBQs, picnics, potlucks, or other summer parties/gatherings. It comes together in half an hour, and you can do the chopping while the pasta cooks.
I used penne in this easy pasta salad recipe since that's the only pasta I had 4 cups of. I have this big box filled with smaller boxes of assorted pasta in my storage room, but apparently not much of any one kind. You can use any pasta that you have on hand.
What kind of dressing do you use in pasta salad?
The dressing is super simple. I wanted to keep this pasta salad pretty light and healthy. A bit of olive oil and red wine vinegar let the other flavors shine through. Buy good quality salami and you're well on your way to the best Italian pasta salad.
Have you made this penne pasta salad recipe?
Questions? Let me know in the comments below!
Easy Italian Pasta Salad
- 4 cups uncooked pasta
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 1/4 medium red onion chopped
- 7 ounces mini mini bocconcini
- 8 ounces salami diced
- 1/2 cup Kalamata or black olives pitted
- Small handful basil sliced thin
- Small handful parsley chopped finely
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Boil a large, salted pot of water and cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Once it's done, drain it and rinse it under cool water. Let it drain throughly.
- Meanwhile, prep your other ingredients and add them to a large salad bowl.
- Add dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
- Add the cooled pasta to the salad bowl along with the dressing. Toss. Add salt & pepper as needed (there's a lot of pasta so I used a generous amount of salt). Adjust oil/vinegar quantities in dressing as needed to get desired taste.
- Serve immediately or chill. Salad can be made up to a day ahead and kept in the fridge.
- Serves 6-8 depending on how much people eat.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.