Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Savor the flavors of Italy with this Easy Italian Pasta Salad, a delightful dish that combines tender pasta with colorful vegetables, savory Italian dressing, and tangy Parmesan cheese. Perfect for picnics, potlucks, or as a refreshing side dish.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6-8 servings


  • 8 oz (about 2 cups) fusilli pasta or any pasta shape of your choice
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers (optional, for added spice)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

For the Italian Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Cook the Pasta:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  2. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Let it cool completely.

2. Prepare the Vegetables and Cheese:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced red and yellow bell peppers, sliced black olives, sliced pepperoncini peppers (if using), thinly sliced red onion, cubed mozzarella cheese, chopped basil, and chopped parsley.

3. Make the Italian Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme, salt, and pepper until well combined.

4. Assemble the Pasta Salad:

  1. Add the cooled pasta to the bowl with the vegetables and cheese.
  2. Pour the Italian dressing over the salad ingredients.
  3. Toss gently to coat everything evenly.
  4. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top and toss lightly again.

5. Chill and Serve:

  1. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate the pasta salad for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Before serving, toss the salad again and adjust seasoning if needed.
  3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Enjoy this Easy Italian Pasta Salad as a refreshing and satisfying dish!

Cooking Tips:

  • Customize with your favorite Italian ingredients such as salami, artichoke hearts, or sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Make it ahead of time for a quick and convenient meal or side dish.
  • Add grilled chicken or shrimp for added protein.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Pasta: Provides carbohydrates and energy.
  • Vegetables: Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Cheese: Adds calcium and protein.

Dietary Information:

  • Vegetarian: Yes
  • Nut-Free: Yes (check ingredients to ensure no cross-contamination)
  • Dairy-Free Option: Omit cheese or use dairy-free cheese alternatives.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • It’s a versatile and crowd-pleasing salad, perfect for various occasions.
  • Bursting with fresh flavors and textures, highlighting the essence of Italian cuisine.
  • Quick and easy to prepare with simple ingredients that blend harmoniously.


Thank you for trying this Easy Italian Pasta Salad recipe. Enjoy the vibrant flavors and Mediterranean-inspired ingredients. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more delightful recipes. Happy cooking!

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