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Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Easy Italian Pasta Salad is a classic pot-luck or BBQ side dish! Tri-Colored pasta, classic Italian Dressing and absolutely packed full of all the add-ins, this Pasta Salad is sure to be a hit!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 195kcal
Author Karli Bitner


  • 12 oz tri-colored rotini
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • water for boiling
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cucumber diced
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 5 oz grape tomatoes halved
  • 3.8 oz can sliced olives
  • 3 string cheese sliced
  • 1/2 cup mini pepperoni's
  • 1 cup favorite Italian dressing


  • Boil the rotini with the salt in the water according to the package until al dente. If using the Instant Pot, cover the pasta with water, season with salt and then cook on Manual HIGH for 3 min and then a 3 min NPR before doing a controlled quick release. 
  • While the pasta is boiling, wash and dice all of the vegetables. 
  • After the pasta is finished, rinse under cold tap water until the pasta is cold. 
  • In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, toppings and dressing. 
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve. If refrigerating overnight, you may need to add a little extra dressing right before serving. 



Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 15.4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg