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Zesty Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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Zesty Italian Pasta Salad Hip2Save.com

If you’re looking for a quick and easy pasta salad recipe featuring fresh veggies and lots of flavor, check out this Zesty Italian Pasta Salad perfect for your next potluck! Easily add or omit ingredients to make it your own and fit your taste.

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Italian salad dressing (or to taste)
1 – 12oz. package tri-color rotini, cooked al dente
2 bell peppers, sliced (or use a handful of mini bell peppers)
1/2 cup red onion, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
3/4 cup broccoli, chopped
1 – 6oz. can  black olives, drained
1/4 lb. Italian salami, sliced
1 packet Italian dressing seasoning mix (click here for homemade version)
Easy and Delicious Pasta Salad by Hip2Save.com
Directions: Cook rotini until tender yet firm to bite. Drain and rinse in cool water. Chop veggies and combine all ingredients with Italian salad dressing. Lastly, sprinkle Italian dressing seasoning packet over salad and stir. Chill in fridge before serving. Serves about 12.

Note: Add more salad dressing if desired but do keep in mind that the salad dressing seasoning packet adds a lot of flavor and prevents the pasta from drowning in dressing! Every time I make this salad, it’s a big hit! The longer it sits in the fridge, the better it gets! Yum 🙂

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 18

  1. Chely

    I am so trying this tonight!!! Thanks for the recipe, Colin! 🙂

  2. SAM

    Oh yummy!! My 10 month old loves anything with noodles.
    Lina, do you have any good low carb recipes?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I was thinking of making this with zucchini noodles with a spiralizer in place of rotini! 😀

      • K

        That sounds delicious!

      • SAM

        YES!! GREAT IDEA! Thanks (:

      • Jaclyn

        Great idea! Do you “cook” the zuchinni noodles? TIA?

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          I’ve been wanting to try a cold salad with them and I don’t believe you need to if you let let marinate in the fridge with some dressing for a while. 😀

    • Karen

      I don’t know that zesty Italian salad with noodles would be good for a ten month old… Yikes

      • sara

        Why not? 10 month old could eat this no problem.

        • Jackie

          The problem would probably be the salt content… Those dressing packets have a lot of sodium, and both sugar and salt are not recommended for infants.

      • Heather C.

        My babies have always loved this type of pasta salad! It’s been on the menu at all four of their first birthday parties. 🙂

  3. Karen

    So glad to find a homemade dry italian seasoning recipe. Is this like mccormicks salad supreme

  4. Lori Stevens

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it. Thanks for all the great recipes, Lina!

  5. rano

    I make this with Wishbone’s Robusto Italian Dressing and McCormick’s Salad Supreme. It has a lot of flavor.

  6. momof6

    I make this with cucumber and i use Roma tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes to save money. I haven’t put broccoli in before!

  7. candace

    I like cheese with mine. Muenster is reaaaaaallly good in it.

    • Linda

      Yum, maybe some fresh mozzarella balls.

      • Happymama

        That’s it. I’m ready for summer now LOL.

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