Rating: 4.55 stars
300 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 196
  • 4 star values: 83
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3

This is an excellent and refreshing pasta salad with a little zing to it. It will also store for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.

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  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, Italian salad dressing, Caesar dressing, Parmesan cheese, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and red onion. Mix well and serve chilled or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

291 calories; protein 8.5g; carbohydrates 32.6g; fat 14.6g; cholesterol 5.9mg; sodium 728.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (308)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2006
This is one of those recipes which allow for as much or as little liberties as you like! I personally love to jazz this Italian pasta salad up with half moon slices of pepperoni, cubed mozzarella and smoked cheddar cheeses, black olives, small pepperoncini peppers, and little grape tomatoes! It could be a meal in itself! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2003
It was OK. Nothing special and I probably wouldn't make it again. Read More
(10)
300 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 196
  • 4 star values: 83
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2006
This is one of those recipes which allow for as much or as little liberties as you like! I personally love to jazz this Italian pasta salad up with half moon slices of pepperoni, cubed mozzarella and smoked cheddar cheeses, black olives, small pepperoncini peppers, and little grape tomatoes! It could be a meal in itself! Read More
(190)
Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2003
I really liked this and so did our company. The second time I made it, however, I added a 1/2 cup of Cilantro and some cubed mozzerlla cheese. WOW!! Read More
(108)
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2005
Excellent pasta salad. Has the perfect amount of zing. I have tried 2 other pasta salad recipes from this site that took alot more prep work & were nowhere near as tasty as this quick & easy recipe. I omitted the green bell pepper because I thought the red one was sufficient. Otherwise I followed recipe to a tee. Thanks for sharing Jeanette. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2011
I love this recipe. We have a big family, and I am always cooking for a crowd. This goes together in a snap, and because the key ingredients (of grated cheese and both dressings) are all equal quantities, it is easy to make a huge bowl or a small bowl without any major calculations. As long as I put the same quantity of each in, the recipe comes out perfectly. Once I have the pasta, cheese and dressings together, I use whatever produce looks best at the store--not just bell peppers. Sometimes I use cherry tomatoes or a can of drained, chopped artichokes which is wonderful. (BTW, I make it with the Dreamfields low carb pasta, and no one knows the difference.) My much beloved nieces crave this recipe. Once, when I sent the leftover salad home with my niece, her dad ate it out of the fridge. She had a complete melt-down, laying on the floor, sobbing (20 years old!) I'm sure it was hormones, but I like to think it was my salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2004
The caesaritalian dressing mix is what MAKES this salad! I add orange and yellow bell peppers(along with the red and green) and sliced black olives for some real color. Salami chunks are also a tasty addition! Everyone always likes it! Thanks!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2005
Tried this for a potluck at work, co-workers loved it and got lots of requests for the recipe. It's so easy to do, I've made this several times and I've added black olives and changed up the pasta, comes out great every time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2005
This pasta salad is great. Everyone I've made it for has loved it. Use the amount of dressing called for. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2005
This is just the pasta salad I was looking for! I left out the peppers simply because I don't care for them and it was still wonderful! Try adding some shredded parmesan in addition to the grated cheese. Yum! Thanks for this simple and great tasting recipe! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2004
One of the best pasta salads i ever had:) LOVE IT!! Read More
(14)
Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2003
It was OK. Nothing special and I probably wouldn't make it again. Read More
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