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
Keyword low-carb, potluck, quick and easy
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Total Time 25minutes
Servings 4- 5 people
Author Immaculate Bites
½pound 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 cupscucumber, cut in half moons
3/4cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
3/4 cup frozen peas , thawed
2 ounces mozzarella cheese cut into bite size pieces
¼pound pepperoni , ham or salami
2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1tablespoonfresh basil, chopped
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, or feta cheese , optional(optional)
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.