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    We Love to Party — party recipes

    The Super Easy, 'Get It Before It's Gone' Italian Pasta Salad

    The Super Easy, 'Get It Before It's Gone' Italian Pasta Salad

    Today I’m sharing my favorite Italian pasta salad recipe with you. This one is my go-to for any party, no matter the theme. I’ve served it at a BBQ, a pizza party, and an afternoon bridal shower luncheon and it’s a hit each time! My favorite part is how quick it comes together. Enjoy!

    italian pasta salad recipe by sweet chubby cheeks


    • 1 16oz box of rotini noodles

    • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved

    • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped

    • 1 cup cucumber, chopped

    • 1/2 cup green peppers, chopped

    • 1/2 cup frozen peas (do not thaw! Pop them in the salad frozen)

    • 8 oz block of Colby jack cheese cut into 1/2" cubes

    • 3 oz Pepperoni or salami, cut into small 1/2" pieces 

    • 1 can 2.25oz sliced black olives

    • 1 16oz bottle Italian salad dressing

    • Optional - Johnny's Salad Elegance seasoning (about 1 tablespoon, or to taste)

     italian pasta salad ingredients for recipe by sweet chubby cheeks photo by ThePenandPiper

    ingredients for Italian pasta salad by sweet chubby cheeks, photo by ThePenandPiper

    italian pasta salad recipe by sweet chubby cheeks, photography by ThePenandPiper



    1. Boil noodles to package instructions, rinse in cold water & drain well. Set aside

    2. Chop veggies

    3. Cube and slice cheese and pepperoni or salami

    4. Add all ingredients in large serving bowl

    5. Pour 2/3 of the bottle of salad dressing onto salad and mix well

    6. Refrigerate covered (overnight is best, but at least 2 hours)

    7. Right before serving pour the last 1/3 of dressing over salad and mix well

    8. Optional - sprinkle Johnny's Salad Elegence over salad and mix well.

    9. Get it before it's gone! This salad goes fast at our family's parties!

     final plating of italian pasta salad recipe by sweet chubby cheeks, photos by ThePenandPiper


    Photo credit: Noelle @ThePenandPiper