I wanted to try something different from the average pasta salads I've had. So I decided to experiment and thankfully everyone loved it! Feel free use more or less of any of the ingredients according to your palate.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Rinse pasta with cold water until cool; drain.

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  • Combine cooled pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, green bell pepper, red onion, and black olives in a large bowl.

  • Pour Italian-style salad dressing over the pasta mixture; toss to coat.

  • Sprinkle bacon bits and cranberries over the salad to serve.

Nutrition Facts

678 calories; protein 21.3g 43% DV; carbohydrates 96.6g 31% DV; fat 23.4g 36% DV; cholesterol 14mg 5% DV; sodium 1547.9mg 62% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2012
Delicious and fresh tasting....I actually dumped the bacon bits and cranberries in while chopping the veggies not realizing they were to be added at serving time and they taste great! So far I haven't used the whole bottle of dressing just in case it get's to be too soupy. It would be very good with any oil/vinegar based dressing and easy to use fat free to save calories...if one feels they must. I will like to eat this for several meals in the warm weather. I think I'll also make it for the next pot-luck. I think cubed jarlsberg cheese would be really tasty in this salad if you wanted to add a little protein. Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2012
Delicious and fresh tasting....I actually dumped the bacon bits and cranberries in while chopping the veggies not realizing they were to be added at serving time and they taste great! So far I haven't used the whole bottle of dressing just in case it get's to be too soupy. It would be very good with any oil/vinegar based dressing and easy to use fat free to save calories...if one feels they must. I will like to eat this for several meals in the warm weather. I think I'll also make it for the next pot-luck. I think cubed jarlsberg cheese would be really tasty in this salad if you wanted to add a little protein. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2012
The bacon and the cranberries add a nice touch to this pasta salad. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2012
I omitted the cranberries and added tiny cubes of mozzarella and substituted the bacon for sliced, hard, quartered slices of salami. Wonderful results. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Mangia! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2016
Great recipe! I've never added cranberries to a pasta salad before but I really liked the sweetness with the sharp provolone. I added chickpeas for extra protein. I will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2012
This looked like a good and easy one for a hot summer day when you don't want to have the oven going. I did cut up some mild chedder cheese and addded it to the mix. My husband who does not normally like pasta even liked it..... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2014
Excellent salad!! I made exactly as directed using real bacon bits and Olive Garden's Lite creamy Italian dressing found in my grocery store (1/2 a bottle was plenty) My family raved. We really liked the dried cranberries--not often found in a pasta salad. Together with the cucumber they added interest. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2012
I really liked this. Used whole wheat pasta and ditched the olives. Also used cut up bacon instead of bits. Great flavor. Perfect for a summer day/night. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2014
Great tasting pretty and easy! Top three recipe necessities for me. Always looking to reduce calories I kept recipe as is but doubled the veggies. For Christmas touch I used Christmas shaped pasta. I know my Grandkids will love it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2014
This salad was great however I only used half of the salad dressing as it would have been swimming if I had used a whole bottle. Read More
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