Best pasta salad recipe! This easy pasta salad takes simple ingredients like vegetables, cheese, and pepperoni, and a homemade Italian dressing and turns them into the perfect side dish!
How to Make Pasta Salad
The basic formula is cooked pasta + meat/veggies + dressing.
This is more of an Italian pasta salad. It could easily be adjusted with simple additions – i.e. adding thinly sliced red onion, using half pepperoni, half salami.
Also, there isn’t a lot of dressing for the salad. If you prefer a salad with heavily dressed salad, double the dressing recipe.
How long will pasta salad last
It will keep for about 3-4 days. This salad tastes better once it has had a chance to chill, so feel free to make it ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve.
What to serve with pasta salad
Pasta salad makes an easy side dish for burgers, grilled chicken, sandwiches, and other summery main dishes.
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Pasta salad that's full of pepperoni, cheese, and veggies
- 12 ounce box dry rotini pasta tri-color or regular
- 10 ounces grape tomatoes halved
- 2 cups chopped green peppers
- 8 ounces cubed cheese*
- 4 ounces sliced pepperoni sliced in half
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Cook pasta according to box directions for al dente pasta.
Rinse cooked pasta under cold water until pasta has cooled.
Toss pasta with remaining pasta salad items, and set aside.
Whisk together dressing.
Pour dressing over pasta salad, and toss to combine.
Chill well until ready to serve. The flavors improve as the pasta salad sits.
*I like to use cheddar or marble cheddar. Feel free to use a cheese that you like.
**Nutrition values are estimates.