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Classic Italian Pasta salad recipe on a white plate.

Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian Pasta Salad recipe has tender pasta, crisp bell peppers in a variety of colors. Juicy sweet tomatoes, a creamy mozzarella cheese, and salty salami. All tossed in a sweet Italian dressing for a simple and perfect side dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Side Dish, Italian Pasta Salad, Pasta Salad, Side Dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 People
Calories 259 kcal
Author Jennifer


  • 16 Ounces Rotini Pasta Or Tricolor rotini pasta
  • ½ Green Bell Pepper diced
  • ½ Orange Bell Pepper diced
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 Pint Grape Tomatoes quartered
  • ¼ Cup Sliced Black Olives
  • 4 Ounces Mozzarella Cheese cubed
  • Cup Red Onion diced
  • 8 ounces Salami chopped
  • 1 Cup Olive Garden Signature Italian Dressing See notes
  • Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 Tablespoon Parsley see notes
  • Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Teaspoon Salt
  • Teaspoon Black Pepper


  1. In a large pot cook pasta until it's al dente according to the package directions. When cooking is finished rinse under cold water.

  2. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients, add dressing and toss to coat.

  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

For the dressing ~ If you like extra dressing add 2 cups

For the Parsley ~ you can use either dried or fresh. If fresh it needs to be chopped fine. 

Nutrition Facts
Italian Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 557mg24%
Potassium 299mg9%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 807IU16%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.