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We also love Greek pasta salad for another yummy side dish idea.  I also make these cucumber bites to get the kids to eat veggies.

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Ingredients:

  • Rotini Pasta
  • Italian Salad Dressing
  • English Cucumber
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Bell Pepper (any color)
  • Red Onion
  • Sliced Black Olives 
  • Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper

How to Make Easy Pasta Salad

  • Cook the pasta to al la dente based on the package instructions. 
  • Drain the pasta immediately and then rinse with cold water until pasta is cooled off.
  • In a large mixing bowl, gently stir together the cool pasta, vegetables and Italian dressing.  Then gently stir in the mozzarella balls.  
  • Season with salt and pepper and top with the Parmesan Cheese and fresh parsley.  
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight until ready to serve.
  • Serve cold and then enjoy!
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Easy Pasta Salad

5 from 17 votes
Take a look at this Easy Pasta Salad Recipe. It is the most simple pasta salad recipe ever and it feeds a crowd. The best pasta salad recipe is so easy.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 290

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Rotini Pasta
  • 1 cup Italian Salad Dressing
  • 1 English cucumber (peeled, sliced and quartered)
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 bell pepper (any color, chopped) 
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup black olives (sliced)
  • 1 cup Fresh Mozzarella Balls (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta to al la dente based on the package instructions. 
  • Drain the pasta immediately and then rinse with cold water until pasta is cooled off.
  • In a large mixing bowl, gently stir together the cool pasta, vegetables and Italian dressing.  Then gently stir in the mozzarella balls.  
  • Season with salt and pepper and top with the Parmesan Cheese and fresh parsley.  
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight until ready to serve.
  • Serve cold and then enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Any cooked pasta will work for this recipe.  Cook to al dente and make sure that the pasta is firm as the dressing will soften the pasta as it sits.  
Any vegetables will work in this easy pasta salad.  Any type of bell peppers, banana peppers, zucchini, peas, broccoli, etc will be delicious in this pasta salad recipe. 
Refrigerate any leftover pasta, covered, for up to 3-4 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 290kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 10g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.02g, Cholesterol 11mg, Sodium 406mg, Potassium 314mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 6g, Vitamin A 525IU, Vitamin C 23mg, Calcium 114mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I make a pasta salad very much like this one. I use kielbasa sausage in mine – diced and heated thru before adding – and chopped broccoli florets. It comes out a little different every time I make it. We use it as a main dish in the summer. Everyone in my family likes it.