Mar 272017

News flash – cookout season is coming! With the warm weather heading our way, most of us will be coming out of hibernation and that means cookouts, cookouts and more cookouts. We host plenty of them at our house and will get invited to equally as many over the course of the summer. Whenever I get invited to one, I always volunteer to bring my quick and easy Italian Pasta Salad.  It’s so easy to make and it’s always a hit.

Italian Pasta Salad

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 (12 ounce) box of pasta I used the Tri Color Rotini
  • 1 package of Pepperoni Minis (0r buy full size and cut into fours)
  • 1 8-ounce mozzarella
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 can of sliced black olives
  • 2-3 tomatoes (or buy the grape tomatoes and cut in half)
  • 1 bottle of Italian dressing (we like Wishbone brand)

Here’s what you do:

1. First off you want to start cooking the pasta as directed on box.
2. Next start to prep the veggies and cutting up the cheese. I peeled my cucumber and diced thin and cut into four pieces. Just do bite size pieces.
3. Continue cutting up your pepper and tomatoes as well as he cheese. Just do bite size pieces.

4. When the pasta is cooked through, drain and rinse in cold water. Make sure pasta is cool to touch and then put in a bowl.
5. Then you can toss In your pepperoni, olives, cheese, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Next add in about ¼ of your dressing and stir it around. You want things to be evenly coated, and feel free to add more dressing.

6. When you get ready to serve it you can add some more dressing and stir. It can dry out a little so adding a little dressing and stirring will help.

Note: You can add any veggies you want to the salad, it is very versatile. You can make this ahead of time and serve later or eat right away! If you have a homemade dressing recipe you can even make that  instead of using store bought dressing like I did.

We will be eating this Italian Pasta Salad all summer long in our family.  We can’t get enough. What is your favorite cookout food?

  71 Responses to “Quick and Easy Italian Pasta Salad”

  1. That looks so freaking delicious! I love pasta salad, and this is a great variation. What isn’t better with pepperoni?

  2. I love adding mozzarella to pasta salads. It adds just the perfect touch. And black olives? Nom, nom, nom. Love me some black olives.

  3. This looks so yummy. This would make a great lunch for my husband.

  4. Oh this is a family favorite of ours! I love making a big bowl and enjoying it all week long. It’s perfect for BBQs too!

  5. I love pasta salad. Easy and yummy? What more could you ask for? Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Oh my goodness is that look delicious! That would be a great side with my sandwich that I’m eating for lunch today. Yum!

  7. This looks so delicious. I cant wait to make it for dinner.

  8. Looks super tasty. A salad is a great, quick, meal to do. Always looking for different ideas.

  9. Oh yum, I need to make this! I love pasta salads. I’ll just have to leave out the olives.

  10. Oh how I adore pasta salad! It’s the perfect side dish and… we’ve even had it as the main course! Great recipe Robin!

  11. This looks quick and easy. It also looks like a great dish to share at potlucks!

  12. Pasta salad is one of my go-to side dishes when the weather gets warmer. I’ll have to add this one to my list.

  13. I love how easy this salad is to throw together. We are fans of pasta salad.

  14. I am always looking for new recipes to try. I have not made pasta salad since last summer. I will have to give this recipe a try this weekend.

  15. This recipe looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to add it to next weeks meal plan. I am sure it will be a big hit.

  16. I make something very similar to this, and it is delicious! We love to use broccoli and cauliflower as well as peppers. It sure is good!

  17. Good, spicy salami. Yummy cheeses. Tomatoes or some other very friendly non-threatening vegetable. Greens of some sort – even if it’s just fresh parsley.

  18. Stop it! No way?! That is so much easier than I expected. I seriously am needing second dinner after seeing this.

  19. I love pasta salad so much, but I have never made it myself. I need to make this asap!

  20. This looks so good! Would love to add this to this week dinner menu!

  21. Pasta salad is one of my faves to make and eat. There’s something so fulfilling about all of the little pieces coming together. I’m odd like that, but I don’t care. LOL!

  22. Yummy..this pasta looks so tempting and happy to know that it is easy and quick to make. I will definitely try this asap.

  23. This is a good pasta salad. I should try to make this one. I usually go for chicken macaroni salad but this one looks healthy and nutritious.

  24. wow , your Italian pasta salad looks really delish! I like the colors and it will surely make people enjoy the food.

  25. Yum!! This pasta salad looks so good!! This would be so perfect at our next potluck!

  26. I love a good pasta salad! There are so many different ways to prepare one that no two pasta salads are the same.

  27. Get in my belly! I love keeping pasta salad recipes on hand for picnics and get togethers. I look forward to trying this one!

  28. Always great to have a go-to meal prep idea for potlucks! I’m going to have to brainstorm mine soon!

  29. Oooh girl YES! My husband eats pasta salad ALL. THE. TIME. The only thing is that he buys it pre-made. Not sure why because he loves my cooking, but he also loves the way Lowe’s foods makes theirs also. LOL

  30. This looks incredible. My husband and my kids would love it!

  31. I love Italian pasta! My mother in law usually makes this dish for family get togethers and it’s one i always go back and get more of! 😛

  32. Oh yum!! I never thought about putting bell pepper in my pasta salad! I need to give this a try.

  33. I love pasta (and pasta salad!) I haven’t had some in a while. Will need to make some soon, thanks for the idea!

  34. I absolutely love pasta salad! I am so ready for BBQ season I can’t even tell you lol This looks delicious and now….I want some 🙂

  35. I haven’t made pasta salad in a long time. Your recipe looks delicious. Will save it and give it a try.

  36. this sounds so good! I have never thought to buy little pepperonis to put in mine, definitely going to have to do that!

  37. Yum! What a great summer lunch! I love pasta salads with mozzarella!

  38. Beautiful looking plate and it feels healthy too.

  39. My mom used to make a similar pasta salad but with cheddar cheese instead. Looks delicious!

  40. That looks awesome. I always want to have a go to pasta salad recipe for the summer. This looks so good.

  41. Love pasta salads! We eat pasta salad often too during summer time. I’ll definitely try your recipe

  42. Love a simply made pasta like this, thanks for sharing.

  43. I’ve never tried making pasta salad before but this recipe looks so yummy. Pasta and salad are great combination. Love this idea!

  44. I like anything that is easy to make. This pasta would be popular if I make it for my family.

  45. Looks delish! I always start craving pasta salad this time of year. I’ll try your recipe for my next batch!

  46. Delish! I love pasta salads especially during Spring or Summer since the days are warmer and it’s tougher to produce heat in the kitchen. I’m definitely keeping this recipe, it’s easy and it’s tasty!

  47. I love coming to your site! You always have nice recipes and fun things to do with your kids! This dish looks amazing! I would like to try it, and I am sharing it with my best friend who lives in Boston!

  48. I’ve tasted something like this before and it was soooo delicious! Glad I now have a recipe for it. Can’t wait to try making it for our summer picnics…

  49. Yum. I haven’t had a delicious pasta salad like this in a LONG time! Looks so good, can’t wait to try it out!

  50. I am always checking out easy to cook and prepare foods and I am loving your posts! Thanks for always sharing your recipe to your readers!

  51. I’ve been trying to find a perfect Italian recipe for our whole family. Now, it’s here! This Pasta Salad looks so delicious!

  52. I love this – my boyfriend’s really fussy though so he doesn’t like big chunks in salads. I, on the other hand, think it tastes much better like this! Really fancy it now haha! x

  53. This looks delicious! Pasta and Italian dishes in particular are my favorite, I love options that are easy and quick for our family!

  54. Yum this deal would be perfect a lunch snack. Thank you for this. xx

  55. Pasta salads are great, they’re so easy and you have fresh ingredients as well. I love having that during Spring and Summer, they’re an awesome side too when you’re having a barbecue.

  56. Looks so yummmyyy…this is going into my dinner tonight…Thanks for the recipe

  57. Pasta Salad is our favorite family dish. Our was missing a few ingredients which we will add going forward.

  58. Omg can we say yum?!? This pasta salad looks absolutely delicious! I must give your recipe a try!

  59. It’s been so long since I had a good pasta salad. They are so perfect for spring and summer. I love the colors and the refreshing taste. Can’t wait to give this one a try very soon.

  60. This looks wonderful! I’m sure my Italian pasta loving crew would be excited to see this at our table this week!

  61. Such a simple idea for a lovely side dish. I would make it with a ton of veggies!

  62. I’m the only one in my family who loves pasta salad. Everytime I try and pick it up from the market my husband says umm no.

  63. I LOVE Italian pasta! I’m the only one in my house who does, so it’s one dish I can make and enjoy all by myself. Minus my son picking out the pepperoni’s, haha.

  64. I’m pretty sure I have to make this for Easter now! I love that it’s a time saver and a delicious dish at the same time!

  65. quick and easy is my favourite way to cook – I love Italian food and this has all my favourite flavours. Everything tastes great when there’s mozzarella involved! Yummy

  66. Yum! This is one of my favorite pasta salads to make! I haven’t had any since last summer – I think I need to make some!

  67. I almost bought a box of the stuff at the store a few days ago, but decided to make my own instead. This recipe is just what I need.

  68. It is quite easy to make! I will be adding the recipe to my weekly list.

  69. Oh looks like you make the same salad we make! How cool! And we love it!

  70. Oh looks like you make the same salad we make! How cool! And we love it! 🙂

  71. I love all the bright colors. Bright colors make me actually want to eat. So important for picky eaters