The Ultimate Pasta Salad


This tri-colored pasta salad with broccoli, cauliflower, pepperoni, cheese, and spices is out of this world. Great to take to a BBQ on those warm summer nights. This salad tastes wonderful right after you make it but is best served the day after.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked tri-colored spiral pasta

  • 1 head fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces

  • 1 head fresh cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 8 ounces pepperoni slices, cut into quarters

  • 1 (8 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes

  • 1 (6 ounce) can large pitted black olives, drained and sliced

  • ½ cup olive oil, or to taste

  • ½ cup red wine vinegar, or to taste

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Italian seasoning to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot; cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  2. Toss chilled pasta with broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, garlic, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, olives, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

411 Calories
23g Fat
36g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 411
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 572mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 46mg 229%
Calcium 196mg 15%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 362mg 8%

* 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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