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.
One of my favorite go-to salad recipes is this cold 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.
Ingredients In Pasta Salad
The ingredients needed in this Italian pasta salad are:
- broccoli florets
- chopped red peppers
- Italian salad dressing
- Feta cheese
- Mozzarella cheese
Pro Tip: 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.
How To Make Pasta Salad
This classic summer salad shouldn’t be reserved just for summer. It’s so easy to make and should be enjoyed year round.
A pasta salad is as easy as boiling water to cook the pasta and adding in a few key ingredients.
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
- 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.
Tips For Making The Best Pasta Salad
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.
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.
- Mediterranean Shrimp and Pasta For One
- Baked Pasta With Roasted Vegetables For One
- Creamy Macaroni and Cheese For One
What To Serve With Pasta Salad
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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
- 1/2 cup 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
- 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.
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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