Easy Pasta Salad

Quick and simple Italian dish
Quick and simple Italian dish
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For the pasta salad
8oz Fusilli pasta
4oz mini mozzarella balls Mozzarella halved
1/2 cup Olives kalamata or other kind
1 Cucumber cut into quarters lengthwise and thinly sliced
8oz Cherry tomatoes
1/2 Red onion
1/4 cup Parsley roughly chopped
For the dressing
1/2 cup Olive oil
1 clove Garlic
1/4 cup Red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black pepper

Nutritional information

  • For the pasta salad

  • For the dressing

Easy Pasta Salad


Everyone needs a quick and simple recipe for pasta salad – and this Easy Pasta Salad is mine! It’s loaded with delicious mix-ins and coated in a yummy dressing.

I’m a firm believer in more is more when adding those extra ingredients to pasta salad. Salami, mozzarella, olives – every mouthful is packed full of different flavors and surprises and the simple Italian dressing is what brings it all together. This keeps very well in the fridge so you can make a big batch to last you all week.

Ingridiens for Easy Pasta Salad

So, how to cook Easy Pasta Salad?

Steps to make Easy Pasta Salad


Make the dressing


In a small bowl, place all the ingredients for the dressing and combine.


Soften the red onion


Stir the chopped onion into the dressing leave to one side to soften.


Cook the pasta


Bring a pan of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the packet instructions until al dente (tender but with a bit of a bite).


Cool the pasta


While the pasta is cooking, add plenty of ice and water to a large bowl. When the pasta is cooked, drain it in a colander and run under cold water, before quickly tipping into the ice bath.


Combine the salad ingredients


Once cooled, drain the pasta and place in a large bowl along with the rest of the salad ingredients and the dressing. Toss everything together to make sure it is coated in the dressing.


Serving Easy Pasta Salad


To allow the flavors to develop, put the salad in the fridge for half an hour before serving.

Of course I’ve made sure this Easy Pasta Salad has all my favorite ingredients inside. Feel free to adapt it to include all of yours! Take a pic of your ultimate pasta salad and tag me #cookmerecipes so I can get some inspiration too!

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Total Reviews: 17
Lennox Oner

Okay so when i first tried it it was totally delicious but there was a weird ass after taste..not sure what to do about it but it tasted like burnt toast?..

Pyper Albakri

The dressing completes the rest of the salad so well .

Joelle Zanis

The BOMB!! One of my all time favorite dishes 5 star meal right here !!!

Royal Lendo

Nicely made and affordable too glad i gave this a shot.

Eisley Bismark

This italian salad is by far my favourite one so far,now when we have family gatherings I can flaunt my skills each time when I prepare this dish lmao

Mckayla Reed

Make sure you play around with different cheeses and experiment when making this salad my personal preference was gouda cheese.

Whitley Mcraney

Serve this chilled with a hunk of freshly baked cheesy garlic bread, so yummy!

Lilianna Peila

I quite like the idea of random ingredients thrown together to make a salad but parsley and sugar was unnescessary in my opinion and not too healthy either.

Flora Ollivier

The recipe is simple enough that anyone would be able to prepare it, dont miss out on this delicious salad.

Adilene Pay

Would recommend to anyone who enjoys italian food. really goood.

Audree Savich

True mediterranean flavors in such a simple dish

Devyn Fedigan

I absolutely love the creativity of this salad you can put anything into it and it will taste great!

Araceli Abercrombie

I am in love with Olives and this pasta salad is a godsent for me! Going to have to purchase the ingredients and prepare this tonight all over again.

Karlie Rademan

I'd score the salad maximum if not for the cucumber, leave it out if you want an authentic taste as cucumbers dont go well with pasta.

Kelsie Wininger

That little bit of italian heritage I have in me is crying tears of joy because of this salad, this is immensly deliciouis. Thanks for sharing.


Absolutely, nothing special. However, the easiest meal. Quick and healthy

Jenesis Muhammed

What caught my eye is the usability of various types of pasta in this recipe, had mine made with penne and sundried tomatoes instead of fresh ones since the flavor is tastier :)

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