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Favorite Pasta Salad

Packed with veggies, toppings & a flavorful vinaigrette, Favorite Pasta Salad is my “go-to” salad recipe for cookouts, potlucks and family dinners.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cold pasta salad with italian dressing, easy pasta salad recipe
Servings: 10
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Lori @ www.AReinventedMom.com



  • 16 oz. penne pasta
  • 4 cups add-ins chopped or halved (use any combination):
  • Veggies:  grape or cherry tomatoes red/yellow/orange/green peppers, onion, pitted black olives, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, asparagus, carrot, seeded cucumber, artichoke hearts, garbanzo beans
  • Cheese cubes:  Monterey jack cheddar, provolone
  • Meat cut in bite size pieces:  ham, salami, pepperoni


  • 2/3 cup sunflower or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. sugar



  • Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain pasta and rinse with cold water.
  • Add pasta, veggies and add-ins in a large bowl.
  • Add dressing to pasta/veggie mixture & toss until well coated.
  • For best results, chill for a couple hours before serving.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.


  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a small container and blend until well mixed. (I use my immersion blender).


  • Nutrition information is provided as a reference and will vary based on the toppings used.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 32.8mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1.7mg