Pasta Salad


This pasta salad recipe was given to me by a dear friend many years ago, and I've been making it ever since! It's great for barbecues.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
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  • 1 pound tri-colored spiral pasta

  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing

  • 6 tablespoons salad seasoning mix

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • ½ yellow bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can black olives, chopped


  1. Gather all ingredients.

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  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 to 12 minutes; rinse under cold water and drain.

  3. Whisk Italian dressing and salad spice mix together until smooth.

  4. Combine pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers, and olives in a salad bowl; pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate salad, 8 hours to overnight.

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    Dressing and seasoning added to pasta salad

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    An overhead view of a colorful pasta salad mixed until thoroughly combined.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
25g Fat
39g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 1904mg 83%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 79mg 397%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 298mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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