Simple Italian Pasta Salad


Perfect for barbecues or any get together. Customize with your favorite vegetables and cheeses. Serve chilled or at room temperature. You can use any assortment of diced vegetables. You can substitute mozzarella cheese for the Parmesan cheese.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotelle pasta

  • 1 cup broccoli florets

  • 1 cup chopped carrots

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 (6 ounce) can black olives, drained

  • 1 (6 ounce) package pepperoni

  • 1 cup Italian-style salad dressing (such as Olive Garden®), divided


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rotelle in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.

  2. Stir rotelle, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, olives, and pepperoni together in a large bowl. Pour 1/2 of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight. Pour remaining dressing over the salad and stir.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

308 Calories
16g Fat
33g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 308
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 771mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 9mg 47%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 221mg 5%

* 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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