Italian pasta salad is one of our favorite pasta salad recipes. This is a simple make-ahead salad that is perfect for meal prep. Each bite is loaded with rotini, salami, mozzarella, olives, healthy vegetables, and a homemade creamy Italian dressing.
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Pasta Salad Ingredients:
Italian pasta salad is a meal in itself with protein, grains and lots of vegetables. It has vibrant Italian flavors with kalamata olives, fresh mozzarella cheese, salami, and parsley.
We love that you can change the ingredients based on availability. Try replacing it with diced peppers or crispy broccoli, or use feta instead of mozarella cheese to add some Greek flavors. P.S. If you’re feeling adventurous, frying your own bell peppers takes this salad to the next level.
What is the best Italian dressing?
We love homemade Italian dressing for the best taste and because you can use good quality oil and spices. In a pinch, store-bought Italian dressings will work. We like Newman’s Own Brand Italian Dressing and Ken’s Brand Italian Dressing.
How To Make Pasta Salad Video Tutorial:
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What is the best pasta for salad?
We love rotini pasta for pasta salad. Rotini is the spiral-shaped pasta that you see in the photos here. You can buy them in the traditional pasta color or in a multi-colored mix which can be really fun for a pasta salad. You can also experiment with different types of pasta such as clam pasta or macaroni.
How to cook pasta for pasta salad:
Cook your pasta in salted water according to the directions in the package until aldenté. Aldente means firm to the bite. Overcooked pasta can appear mushy in pasta salad and absorb more dressing. So be careful not to cook too long. As soon as the pasta is aldenté, drain in a colander and then rinse under cold water to stop cooking, allow the pasta to cool and rinse off any excess starch to prevent the pasta from sticking.
Cooking tip: Butter noodles don’t work well in pasta salad. Therefore, do not add butter or oil to your pasta after cooking. Rinsing in cold water is enough to prevent the noodles from sticking together, and the salad dressing has plenty of oil.
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Preparation time: 20th protocol
Cooking time: 10 protocol
Total time: 30th protocol
Italian pasta salad is a simple recipe that is perfect for making meals. Each bite is loaded with rotini, salami, fresh mozzarella, olives, and healthy vegetables, all along with a homemade creamy Italian dressing.
$ 18- $ 24
Italian pasta salad, pasta salad
Salad, side dish
Calories: 386 kcal
Servings: 8th People
cut into stripes
halved (3 cups)
medium red onion
Pearls or halved mozzarella balls
cored and sliced
cored and halved
Drain the roasted red peppers * and roughly chopped
or added to taste
Cook the rotini pasta in salted water according to the instructions in the package until the pasta is aldente (firm to the bite).
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the remaining ingredients and make Italian dressing.
Only add dressing to the serving of salad you want to eat. Enjoy immediately or cover and let the salad marinate for 1-3 hours before serving.
Amount per serving
Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value *
Saturated fat 8g50%
cholesterol 39 mg13%
sodium 1340 mg58%
potassium 331 mg9%
carbohydrates 30 g10%
Vitamin A. 718IU14%
vitamin C 17 mg21%
calcium 180 mg18%
iron 1 mg6%
* Daily percentages are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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