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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Italian Pasta Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 1 hour, 15 minutes

Pasta salad is one of my favorite summertime meals. The versatility is never ending so it's always new, but always easy. Add a loaf of crusty bread and fresh lemonade or iced tea and you have a terrific beat-the-heat dinner. Making pasta salad is so simple and this formula will help you on your way to being a pasta salad expert.

by Anne Coleman

What you'll need

  • 8 oz. uncooked rotini pasta
  • 4 cups of a combination of the following:
  • diced salami or pepperoni
  • diced mozzarella cheese
  • diced plum tomato
  • halved black olives
  • diced green peppers
  • cannelini beans
  • 2 cups Italian dressing*
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Helpful Tip:

There are some salads that need a bit more or less dressing, but if you do it often enough, you can get a good idea what is needed beforehand.

How to make it

  1. Cook the pasta until done to desired tenderness and drain well. Al dente is best since soaking in dressing can cause the pasta to become mushy. Cool completely.
  2. Toss with meat, mozzarella, tomato, olives, peppers, beans and dressing.
  3. Garnish with parmesan cheese.
  4. Chill for an hour before serving.