The Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

The Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
The Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

The Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

My favorite recipe for summer barbecues and potlucks is this one, and I have tried a few different ones to see which one I prefer. This is too simple to argue with, and you can easily adapt it to whatever you like to eat. For instance, I omitted the onions and doubled up on the black olives, which will always be a favorite. Also, I added a few good pinches of red pepper flakes. I doubled the recipe and served it to part of a twenty-person baby shower. The pasta salad was also made the night before so I finished it off by adding the remaining dressing right before serving. Having a Memorial Day coming up, I will probably make it again. It was gobbled up and tasted zesty, healthy, and fresh.

Classic Italian Pasta Salad

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

This recipe makes: 8 side-dish servings.

The following ingredients are needed:

  • 8 ounces spiral pasta or rotelle pasta
  • Two and a half cups of various cut veggies (broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, onions)
  • Half a cup of cubed cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • Pitted sliced ripe olives 1/3 cup
  • A cup of Wishbone® Italian Dressing

Please follow the instructions below:

  1. All ingredients, except the Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing, should be combined into a large bowl.
  2. Dress salad with dressing; toss well. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Make Ahead: If you wish to prepare a day ahead, refrigerate, stir in 1/4 cup more Wish-Bone Dressing before serving.

Optional Addition: You can sub 1/2 cup mayonnaise for 1/2 cup Italian Dressing for a Creamy Italian Pasta Salad.

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