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Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian Pasta Salad is one of my favorite pasta salad recipes! This easy pasta salad is loaded with rotini pasta, veggies, olives and cheese in a delicious Italian dressing. This classic side dish is perfect for any summer meal!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 249kcal


  • 1 pound rotini or penne pasta white or whole wheat
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 3.8 ounce can sliced black olives about 1 cup
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese cubed (1 cup)
  • ½ cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup Italian dressing store bought or homemade
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente. Drain, rinse with cool water, then drain well and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Set the pasta aside to cool while you prepare the remaining ingredients, stirring the pasta occasionally to keep it from sticking together.
  • While the pasta cools, chop the vegetables and other ingredients.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl with the cooled pasta. Stir in the dressing until well combined. Taste and season with extra salt and pepper as needed.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. Stir pasta salad again right before serving. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, serve.


  • Pasta salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 38.5mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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