Great for brunch, luncheons, or whatever. Easy and quick to make. I find that this salad is always popular at get-togethers and usually disappears rather quickly...

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the rotini, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and cool by running cold water over the pasta in a colander set in the sink.

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  • Combine cooked and cooled pasta with the cucumbers, onion, tomatoes, and olives in a large bowl. Pour the Italian dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

297.3 calories; 7.2 g protein; 43.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 608.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2009
I don't normally like pasta salad, but after a couple of modifications this was quite pleasant. I took jennifermorse's suggestion of crumbling in some feta, but I'm not a big fan of red onions, so I added about 1.5T of fresh chives instead. Because of the intensity of the chives and feta flavors, I also cut the quantity of Italian salad dressing in half and added just a touch of olive oil. I also substituted penne for the rotini since it was on sale this week, but I'm not sure how much that actually affected the flavor/texture. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/28/2012
I had leftover fixins from tacos SO I made the tri-color rotini added the chopped onions tomatoes & finely shredded colby/jack cheese & drizzled on red wine vinegerette dressing. Read More
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75 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2009
I don't normally like pasta salad, but after a couple of modifications this was quite pleasant. I took jennifermorse's suggestion of crumbling in some feta, but I'm not a big fan of red onions, so I added about 1.5T of fresh chives instead. Because of the intensity of the chives and feta flavors, I also cut the quantity of Italian salad dressing in half and added just a touch of olive oil. I also substituted penne for the rotini since it was on sale this week, but I'm not sure how much that actually affected the flavor/texture. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2009
I love this recipe and have made it for years! I add a little bit of red onion and feta cheese to make it a little more "Greek." Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2011
"Easy" and delicious! This is a very simple salad that comes together quickly but tastes wonderful. It's a great base to throw in whatever you want to make it you own. I used tri-colored pasta and red onion. I also threw in some chopped fresh spinach and roasted red pepper along with some shredded Parmesan cheese. For the dressing I used "Nonna's Tuscan Salad Dressing" from this site. Definitely chill for a couple hours before serving. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/29/2009
we had a really bad storm last night and lost power right as I was preparing dinner. The only thing that was done was the angel hair pasta. So I went to the garden and got some cucumbers and tomatoes fresh basil and thyme and a banana pepper. Mixed up this pasta salad recipe and it was delicious! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2009
Very good! I added a cup of parmesan cheese as well it's quick easy & very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2011
I loved this recipe but I changed it up a bit!! I added pepperoni and red onion fresh basil thyme kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. I used grape tomatoes instead of cherry ( the one at the store weren't too pretty:) ) I kind of just threw the herbs and S&P in there I didn't measure em did it Rachael Ray style LOL!!! But it was so delish I will definatetly make it again!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2011
I used a quarter of a red onion I used whole wheat rotini Newman's italian dressing and I added a half cup of Frigo parmesan cheese. This is sitting in the fridge all ready for dinner. REALLY simple--it took less than 20 minutes to throw together. I've made something like this before so I already know it's going to be good. Salads like this always taste better the longer they sit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2014
Imagine my dismay when I showed up to a potluck with this dish and all of the other pasta salads were Italian dressing based. I'm pleased to say: in the battle of the pasta salads, mine was the only bowl that was completely empty at the end of the day! The fresh veggies make this an excellent and refreshing summer salad. I also added some fresh basil, some chunks of mozzarella cheese, and a little salt and pepper. Taste-wise, this is a 4-star dish, the quick & easy factor makes it a 5. Thanks for a great recipe! A follow-up caution: Be sure to check the sodium content of your dressing before adding extra salt. I used a different Italian dressing the second time I made this dish and added salt, like I had done before. It turned out too salty because my dressing had way more sodium than the other. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2009
Great Recipe You can also add cubed chicken and shredded colby jack cheese Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/28/2012
I had leftover fixins from tacos SO I made the tri-color rotini added the chopped onions tomatoes & finely shredded colby/jack cheese & drizzled on red wine vinegerette dressing. Read More
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