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Italian Pasta Salad For One

This is the easiest Italian pasta salad recipe! A scaled down version of a classic pasta salad recipe made with chopped broccoli, salami, red peppers, feta and mozzarella cheeses and topped with a flavorful Italian dressing.

a bowl of pasta salad topped with salamin next to a red pepper and broccoli.

One of my favorite go-to salad recipes is this cold Italian pasta salad recipe. It's filled with wonderful flavors and is so easy to make. This single serving salad could be enjoyed as a main dish or as part of a meal.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This recipe is based on a formula that you can easily adapt to include your favorite mix-ins. Consider adding sun dried tomatoes, different types of shredded cheeses, or leave out the olives.
  • This pasta salad is so easy to make and filled with tons of flavor.
  • It's the perfect amount for one!
  • This classic summer salad shouldn't be reserved just for summer. It's so easy to make and should be enjoyed year round.

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Pasta: I use rotini pasta. Use your favorite type of pasta.
  • Vegetables and Add-Ins: We love using broccoli florets, chopped red peppers, olives, salami, Feta cheese, and Mozzarella cheese.
  • Italian salad dressing: Use your favorite bottled brand, for convenience.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Toss all of the ingredients together with the pasta in a large bowl and enjoy! It couldn't be any easier and best of all, this salad can be ready in minutes.
an overhead view of a bowl of pasta salad surrounded by fresh vegetables on a tray.

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Expert Tips

  • Short pasta works best in a pasta salad. Choose a pasta shape with curves and ridges which will hold up well when tossed with the dressing and other ingredients. A few favorite pasta types include; fusilli, rotini, and penne.
  • Cook the pasta until just slightly underdone. Overcooked pasta will fall apart when mixed with dressing and will become mushy.
  • Rinse and cool the pasta after cooking. You want to add in the ingredients and the dressing when the pasta is cool.

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What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

For this Italian pasta salad recipe, you will use 1/4 cup (about 22 grams) of broccoli florets. If you have leftover broccoli, you might consider using it in any of these recipes:

You will use 1/3 cup of chopped red peppers (about 49 grams). You may like to use the rest of the red pepper in any of these wonderful recipes:

You will use 1/2 cup of pasta (56 grams) in this salad recipe. Here are a few pasta recipes you might like to try with the rest of the pasta.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Serve With Pasta Salad?

You might like to serve any of these single serving meals with your pasta salad:
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Roast Turkey Breast

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Italian Pasta Salad For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main/Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: salad
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 445kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked pasta (I use rotini pasta)
  • 1/3 cup chopped red peppers
  • 1/4 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 ounce salami , chopped
  • 8 pitted black olives
  • 3 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water, drain and set aside.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Toss well.
  • Refrigerate until cool and enjoy.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Short pasta works best in a pasta salad. Choose a pasta shape with curves and ridges which will hold up well when tossed with the dressing and other ingredients. A few favorite pasta types include; fusilli, rotini, and penne.
  • Cook the pasta until just slightly underdone. Overcooked pasta will fall apart when mixed with dressing and will become mushy.
  • Rinse and cool the pasta after cooking. You want to add in the ingredients and the dressing when the pasta is cool.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1089mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2166IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 344mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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10 thoughts on “Italian Pasta Salad For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Made this today. I rarely make more than 1-2 servings but this sounded so good that I made 4 servings so I could eat it for several meals with the hot weather coming up! I didn’t put any dressing on it and I had to change it up a bit to avoid going to the store. I added sliced radishes, cheddar cheese and pepperoni. Tonight I had a bowl of it and added the cheese and dressing when I served it. So good!

  2. I believe the sodium level in your recipe is a typo. Sodium: 41520mg -There is no way it could be that high! Please correct the entry. I am a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and do recipe analysis all the time.

  3. 5 stars
    A great recipe for quick lunches. I love that I can toss it all together, in whatever quantities I want, and meal prep it out for the week. I also like the suggestions on what else I can do with the leftovers.

  4. Paula Holbrook

    5 stars
    Thank you so much! I am a single 73 y/o retired RN living alone and appreciate your website tremendously. I do have one question; do you have any low sodium recipes? I have hypertension and it’s so difficult to find any good recipes. Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Paula,
      I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes! We do have many lower sodium dishes on our site. In many of the recipes, the sodium comes from the addition of salt and can be added to taste or left out altogether.
      Here are a few to browse through – https://onedishkitchen.com/salmon-baked-in-foil-for-one/
      https://onedishkitchen.com/easy-single-serving-sheet-pan-chicken-recipe/
      https://onedishkitchen.com/catfish-with-fennel-and-tomatoes-for-one/
      Hope this helps.
      Joanie

  5. Jeannette Shields

    I am referring to the Italian Pasta for One:
    First, thank you for this web site. It is very frustrating to have oodles of leftovers!!
    My question: while I appreciate the serving is just for me, what happens if I want to make it for more people? When do I add the dressing? Or, in a very real scenario, I want to be able to bring this with me to a BBQ and have to make it gluten free; when do I add the dressing? Thank you again.

    1. Hi Jeannette,
      I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes on our site, thank you so much for letting me know.

      This pasta salad recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you want to make more. As for the dressing, add it when you add the other ingredients and toss the salad to mix everything together. Use gluten free pasta and a gluten free Italian dressing in order to make this a gluten free salad.

      Hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful weekend!

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