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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Italian Pasta SaladI’ve made this pasta salad twice so far and gotten a ton of compliments on it. First I made it for teacher conference dinner and then for Blue and Gold a week ago. This recipe makes a HUGE bowl so make sure you’re making it for a party or half it for your family. There is a lot of chopping in this recipe, but I think all the little pieces blend together better. You can save a lot of time if you know how to properly dice an onion.

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
  • 1 box multi color rotini pasta (I use Ronzoni Garden Delight® Rotini)
  • 8 oz brick mozzarella cheese
  • 1 bottle Italian Dressing
  • ½ can black olives
  • ½ red onion
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½ summer sausage
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Rinse with cool water to cool quickly and drain well.
  2. While your pasta is cooking: dice mozzarella cheese, olives, onions, sausage and tomatoes.
  3. Toss all ingredients in large bowl. You can serve immediately, but I think it's best if refrigerated for at least a few hours so the flavors have time to blend.
Italian Pasta Salad

About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a “baby “chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she’s still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She’s since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. There is so much to love inside that salad! YUM!
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  2. We make a salad pretty much identical to yours, we use pepperoni in ours vs sausage. I will have to try your recipe out soon!!
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  3. Num, one of my favorite salads! Looks good.
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  4. I need to add this to our salad list. We are always looking for great salads.
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  5. That looks so good! I love everything in it. 🙂
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  6. I make Italian pasta salad a lot in the summer. I know a few mayo-phobes….lol
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  7. This salad looks delish and like the perfect lunch as our weather continues to warm up!
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  8. I love pasta salad…I’ve been trying to lay off the calories so cutting back on carbs, but once I’m done with this diet I wold totally make this again 🙂
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  9. That looks really good!! Pinned it for later, thanks!
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  10. vanessa: thequeenofswag says:

    I love Italian pasta. I love anything with Black olives in it.
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  11. That salad looks really good!
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  12. I used to not be a fan of pasta, but I’m liking it more and more as I get older. I also love just about anything with cherry tomatoes or black olives.
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  13. This looks great (minus the tomatoes) good for a spring/summer day.
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  14. We just had Italian pasta salad tonight, but I love how you added sausage to yours. I will have to try that next time!

  15. Oh, this looks so good, and I love that it doesn’t have mayo in it.
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  16. My daughter would love this with the olives and I’m coveting that sausage 🙂
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  17. This looks yummy though I personally am not a big fan of cold pasta salads.
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  18. That looks positively delicious! It will make a great addition to summer parties this year.
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  19. This Italian Pasta Salad recipe looks so yummy. I’ll have to try it real soon.
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  20. That looks delicious. I know the kids and I would love it, but not sure my hubby would. He is weird and doesn’t like cold pasta dishes.
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