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Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
This Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe is the cold pasta salad you need to be serving this summer!  Made with tri-colored rotini pasta, this easy dish comes together in less than twenty minutes. It's the perfect dish to serve at cookouts and summer parties.
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  • 12 ounces tri-colored rotini pasta (1 box)
  • ½ cup hard Italian salami chopped or thinly-sliced
  • 1 pint Glory tomatoes cherry-type tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup minced red onions
  • 1 cup mini mozzarella balls 8 ounces pearls, halved
  • ½ cup diced Peperoncini
  • ¼ cup pitted sliced black or green olives
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup Italian dressing vinaigrette **See note for alternate dressing


  • Cook the pasta to al-dente, per package directions. Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water to stop the cooking; shake off excess liquid. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. Pour the cooked pasta onto the paper towels to let the pasta dry 10-15 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add pasta, salami, tomatoes, onions, Mozzarella, peperoncini, olives and basil; stir to combine.
  • Pour ¾ cup dressing over the pasta salad and toss well (all pasta ingredients should be coated with the dressing).
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container until time to serve and add the remaining ¼ cup dressing. Toss together until well incorporated and serve.
  • Enjoy!



*Note: For an alternate vinaigrette, use Penzey’s Italian Dressing Base.
Whisk together 3 tablespoons Penzey’s Italian Dressing Base with 2 tablespoons water; let rest 5 minutes. Whisk 1 cup vegetable (or canola oil) and ½ cup white vinegar; add the Italian Dressing/water mixture and whisk.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 14.8mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 0.9mg