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Easy Pasta Salad

Easy Pasta Salad – a classic Italian Pasta Salad loaded with fresh produce and Italian favorites like salami, black olives and cheese; tossed with a vibrant homemade Italian Dressing. Great for spring potluck, summer parties or as a regular low-carb meal!

Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 - 5 people
Calories 510 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites

Ingredients

  • ½ pound rotini pasta , cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup red onion , cut in half half moons
  • ½ cup red bell pepper
  • 1-2 cups cucumber , cut in half moons
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives , pitted and halved
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas , thawed
  • 2 ounces mozzarella cheese cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ pound pepperoni , ham or salami
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil , chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, or feta cheese , optional (optional)

Dressing

  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/4 dried teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 3-4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1-2 basil leaves , chopped leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Instructions

  1. Add water to a large pot, salt and then bring water to a boil. Once the water has boiled stir in the pasta, and cook according to package directions. Pasta should have a bite to it. 

  2. In a small bowl mix together the dressing ingredients; minced garlic, oregano, parsley, vinegar, basil, mustard , sugar salt and pepper and olive oil. Set aside.

  3. In a large or salad bowl, combine cooked pasta, tomatoes, onion, red peppers, cucumber, olives, peas. pepperoni/salami/ham, grated parmesan cheese, bite sized mozarella cheese, parsley, fresh basil and ground pepper to taste. Pour vinaigrette dressing over the pasta and mix thoroughly. Cover and chill before serving.