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Italian pasta salad in a bowl.

Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Katelyn Ryan
This Easy Italian Pasta Salad is the perfect accompaniment to your barbecue. This classic pasta salad recipe uses fresh ingredients and store-bought Italian dressing. It makes a lot, which is perfect for serving a crowd or weekly meal prep.
4.15 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Salad, Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 418 kcal


  • 1 lb farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup salami diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • cups grape (or cherry) tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2.25 oz can sliced vine ripe olives drained
  • cup Italian Dressing
  • For Garnish: grated parmesan cheese


  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. (See box for cooking times.) Drain. Rinse with cold water, and drain again.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooled pasta, salami, cheese, bell pepper, tomatoes, and olives. Toss until everything is well incorporated.
  • Pour the dressing over the mixture, and toss again until everything is well coated.
  • Allow the salad to sit in the refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight before serving.


Store pasta salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 15gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 778mgPotassium: 291mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 388IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 1mg
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