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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 Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword low-carb, potluck, quick and easy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 - 5 people
Calories 510kcal
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

Instructions

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 1093mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1625IU | Vitamin C: 56.8mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 2.6mg