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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


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


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*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 262mg11%
Potassium 213mg6%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 535IU11%
Vitamin C 15.3mg19%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.