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A serving bowl full to the brim with Italian pasta salad topped with cracked pepper.

Italian Pasta Salad

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Italian pasta salad is the perfect summer side dish with pasta, salami, cheese, fresh veggies and herbs tossed in an Italian vinaigrette.


Units Scale
  • 1 box (16 oz.) rotini pasta
  • 4 oz. salami, cut into strips
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella pearls or halved mozzarella balls
  • 1 cup Italian vinaigrette (see notes for homemade)
  • 1 pt. (16 oz.) cherry tomatoes / grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (6 oz.) can large pitted black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare all the other ingredients and combine them with the cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl. Toss to mix well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Enjoy!


1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 
1 tablespoon honey /sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 
Salt and pepper to taste

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins