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Italian Pasta Salad

Pasta, fresh veggies, and dressing make this light and refreshing pasta salad recipe the perfect side dish for Summer cookouts and potlucks.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword BBQ side dish, easy pasta salad, summer side dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 196 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

Italian Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste (I use sea salt or Himalayan pink)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning*
  • black pepper to taste
  • pinch red pepper chili flakes optional

Pasta Salad:

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta or other pasta of choice
  • 1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup black olives slices
  • 1 medium zucchini chopped
  • 1/2 red or white onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup kale chopped (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Italian parsley finely chopped
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Dressing:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a jar and shake well. You can also use your blender to emulsify ingredients instead.

For the Pasta Salad:

  1. Cook, drain and dry pasta to al dente according to pasta instructions. Add to a large mixing bowl and toss together with 1/2 of the dressing. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl and add remaining dressing. Toss well and add salt and black pepper to taste. Chill in fridge until ready to serve or enjoy immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Italian Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Potassium 213mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 10.7%
Vitamin C 18.5%
Calcium 4%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.