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This Italian pasta salad recipe is healthy, fast, and easy to make! It's the best classic cold pasta salad for summer BBQs, picnics, or potlucks. A tangy vinaigrette, salami, mozzarella, and fresh herbs make this one delicious side dish! Feeds a crowd. 

Easy Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian pasta salad recipe is healthy, fast, and easy to make! A tangy vinaigrette, salami, mozzarella, and fresh herbs make this one delicious side dish! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian pasta salad recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 432 kcal
Author Salt & Lavender

Ingredients

  • 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

Dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 

Instructions

  1. 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. 
  2. Meanwhile, prep your other ingredients and add them to a large salad bowl.
  3. Add dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
  4. 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. 
  5. Serve immediately or chill. Salad can be made up to a day ahead and kept in the fridge. 

Recipe Notes

Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Italian Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 /8 of recipe)
Calories 432
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.