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Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad is a light, flavorful side dish that goes perfectly with just about every meal! A simple ingredient list that's easy to personalize by changing or adding more veggies, proteins and seasonings.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chilling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: easy pasta salad recipe, pasta salad with vegetables, side dish for a crowd
Servings: 12
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Lori @ A Reinvented Mom


  • 1 16 oz box Rotini
  • 1 small head fresh broccoli (about 1 cup) chopped into small pieces
  • 1 large bell pepper or 1 cup of multi-colored peppers, diced
  • 1 8 oz can black olives drained and sliced
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes halved, about 8 ounces
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese cubed
  • ½ cup red onion finely diced
  • 1 cup English cucumber quartered & sliced thinly
  • 1 5 oz mini pepperoni or 1 cup quartered pepperoni or salami pieces
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley plus a little extra for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 16 ounce bottle Zesty Italian Dressing
  • Fresh basil, chopped, for garnish if desired


  • Cook pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Add drained pasta to a large bowl.
  • Add all vegetables, cheese, meat, salt & pepper and stir to combine.
  • Add salad dressing and toss to coat well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator.


  • Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently.


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg