Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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This is a great tasting salad with the taste of garden freshness. It seems like every time I make a pasta salad we are using salad dressing or Mayo so I decided to go with something a little lighter for a change. The olive oil vinegar combination along with the other ingredients is a delicious combination in this Italian Pasta Salad Recipe. This is a large recipe and could easily be used as a dish for a pot luck dinner, or some type of social. The original recipe called for provolone cheese, but I substituted mozzarella and it worked out just fine. Enjoy

fresh peppers and tomatoes


Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 10
  • 1 (1 lb) box Rainbow Rotini
  • 2 cups chopped green peppers
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1½ cups chopped red onions
  • ½ lb cubed mozzarella cheese
  • ½ lb sliced pepperoni
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • Ingredients for Dressing
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. Mix together dressing first and set aside until sugar is dissolved completely.
  2. Cook pasta according to box directions and rinse under cold water until cool.
  3. Slice the sliced pepperoni circles in half and separate slices.
  4. Mix together all pasta ingredients.


Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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  1. Melanie says:

    absolutely wonderful recipe. My family loves this pasta salad. Thank you for sharing.


  1. Pasta Plans says:

    […] love Italian Pasta Salad. A little taste of summer right here baby. This is about the only place I’m gonna get that […]

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