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Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Easy Italian pasta salad!! this simple pasta salad recipe has rotini, fresh mozzarella, onions, piccolo tomatoes, olives and salami in it. it is drenched in the best homemade Italian dressing ever. It is a great side for all summer occasions.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy italian pasta salad, homemade italian pasta salad, italian pasta salad
Servings: 4
Author: Ajoke


  • Salad bowl


  • 2 cups uncooked rotini Pasta
  • 11/2 cups Piccolo tomatoes
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cut into cubes
  • ½ cup Olives cut in halves
  • cup red onions chopped use more if desired
  • 90 g Salami chopped
  • cup homemade italian dressing use more if desired
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped


  • Cook the pasta in salted water (use about 2 tsp of salt) till aldente. I recommend you cook it a minute longer than recommended on the package. This should cook between 6 to 10 minutes depending on the brand of pasta you are using. Drain the pasta once cooked, add a little oil (about 1 tablespoon) this prevents the pasta from sticking.
  • Add the pasta to a salad bowl then follow on with the rest of the ingredients. Add the Italian salad dressing and mix till well combined.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold.


Make sure you cook the pasta in salted water. Avoid using mushy pasta, for pasta salad, I would cook my pasta a minute longer than usual but still aldente.
Make this salad as light or main meal by pairing it with protein of choice like chicken, fish, beef or roasted vegetables.
I won’t say you should avoid store bought dressing, but if you could, try and make yours. Trust me it tastes way better than store bought.
Make this pasta salad vegetarian, omit the salami or any other type of meat used.
This pasta salad tastes better the next day