Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Easy Italian Pasta Salad is fast, fresh, and loaded with flavor. This zesty salad is packed with classic favorites, like salami, mozzarella pearls, black olives, cherry tomatoes and then tossed in a simple Italian dressing. Easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes, this salad is perfect to serve for those summer parties and get-togethers!

Summer is almost here, and you know what that means!
I have pasta salad on my mind!
Ok, so pasta salad, sunshine, being outdoors, grilling, get-togethers, warm weather, that kind of thing.
But, did I mention pasta salad? I know this dish can be eaten year round, but it just seems to taste better come summer. Know what I mean? The flavors, the ingredients…it just reminds me of barbecues, the 4th of July, and eating outdoors.
I’m no stranger to pasta salads, but one thing that I do not like are salads loaded with miracle whip and vinegar. It just not my kind of dish (which is why I don’t eat potato salads). But, I am a big fan of salads, with oil, balsamic vinegar, pesto, that sort of dressing.
And every summer, this Caprese Pasta Salad, Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, and Cherry Balsamic Pasta Salad makes an appearance in my house. Have you tried these yet? They’ve gotten rave reviews and are filled with the most delicious flavors.

And that got me thinking…it’s time to whip up another classic pasta salad, one that I love to eat but haven’t put my own spin on it!
If you guessed this Italian Pasta Salad, then you’re on point, friends! This classic dish is a hit with a lot of people, and I’m guessing you may just love it, too. So, because it’s summer and pasta salads are what I’m basically living on these days, I’m here to bring you my latest (and greatest) creation!
Easy Italian Pasta Salad is fast, fresh, and loaded with flavor. This zesty salad is packed with classic favorites, like salami, mozzarella pearls, black olives, cherry tomatoes and then tossed in a simple Italian dressing. Easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes, this salad is perfect to serve for those summer parties and get-togethers!
If you love zesty salads like I do, then this classic Italian Pasta Salad will hit the spot! Not only is it super easy to throw together, but you can customize it however you would like.
Since I love mozzarella pearls and black olives, I added a little (ok, A LOT!) extra of those. But, if you don’t like mozzarella, swap it out for cheddar. Don’t like black olives? Swap the for green! Like red peppers? Add ’em in! See how easy this salad is?

And while I’m not the biggest fan of leftovers, I am a gigantic fan of pasta salad leftovers! That is, if there are any leftovers after this Italian Pasta Salad is served. It’s just that good, friends!
In fact, I think this salad may even taste a little better a day after it’s made. That way, it has some time to meld together and let the flavors combine. Which means that this classic pasta salad is perfect to make in advance.
And I won’t tell if you just dig in with a fork and go at it! I love picking out those chunks of fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, along with that tender pasta. Mmm mmm good!
This Easy Italian Pasta Salad truly is a match made in summer food heaven.
So, if you’re on the hunt for that light, simple meal or need an easy dish to serve at your next barbecue, this classic pasta salad is it. Trust me, your tastebuds will thank you!

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Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Easy Italian Pasta Salad is fast, fresh, and loaded with flavor. This zesty salad is packed with classic favorites, like salami, mozzarella pearls, black olives, cherry tomatoes and then tossed in a simple Italian dressing. Easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes, this salad is perfect to serve for those summer parties and get-togethers!

Keyword italian pasta salad, pasta salad, salad

Ingredients1 pound pasta such as rotini, cavatappi, etc.1 cup chopped salami or summer sausage2 cups cherry tomatoes halved1 8 ounce package mozzarella pearls½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese1 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives, drained½ cup chopped red onion¼ cup chopped fresh parsleySalt and pepper to taste (if desired)1-1 ½ cups prepared Italian dressing
InstructionsCook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water. Add pasta to a large bowl. Add rest of ingredients, plus salt and pepper. Add dressing and gently toss to coat. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days.

NutritionServing: 1g | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg

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