Italian Pasta Salad Recipes

So many tasty Italian pasta salads to choose from. Antipasto and pesto salads, creamy or tangy salads, and many more.

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Pizza Salad II

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This pasta salad has all the standard ingredients of a deluxe pizza!

Patty's Pasta Salad

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I make this salad for almost every large family gathering I attend. It is ALWAYS a great hit and there is seldom any left over. It is a great pasta salad which can easily be made the day before. You can vary the ingredients by using fresh broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, cucumbers, etc.

Sarah Rose's Dad's Made-Up Kind of a Salad Sort of Thing

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A lovely and fresh pasta salad my dad threw together one night that became a favorite. It's also very flexible. As Dad says, 'If you want to put something else in, go ahead, ain't no big deal. As long as no one starts poking it with a fork and mumbling,'had a failed science experiment look like this once, only it smelled better,' you're doin' just fine.'

Italian Pasta Salad I

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This is an excellent and refreshing pasta salad with a little zing to it. It will also store for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

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The traditional Caprese salad is modified to pasta form. The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella, if you use the brick style, it will not be the same. If you can't find the pearlini mozzarella, use the cieglini and cut it in half. Regular rotini pasta can be used but the cooking time will be different.

Tortellini Salad

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Pepperoni and mozzarella cheese make this a filling pasta salad. Serve with fruit for a nice summertime meal.

Pantry Pasta Salad

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This is a quick and delicious recipe from staples in my pantry. It is a hearty pasta salad great as a main dish or side and is perfect for potlucks or anytime you are in a pinch for time. You can't go wrong with this recipe. In season (and on hand) cherry tomatoes would be an excellent addition, as would fresh herbs from your garden. Any cheese would work and diced salami or browned pancetta would be great in here. Be careful not to over-salt your water. The artichokes, olives, dressing, and cheese add lots of salty goodness.

Vegetarian Italian Pasta Salad with Arugula

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This Italian pasta salad features all the caprese ingredients and then some - mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, plus artichoke hearts and arugula. The arugula adds great color and freshness to the salad. I love to make it for a barbeque or as a cold lunch on a hot day.

Pasta Salad

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A dear friend gave me this recipe many years ago and I've been making it ever since. It's great for barbecues.

Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

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Pasta salad filled with veggies, cheese, and seasoning. Very tasty and versatile -- is great to make ahead.

Quick Italian Pasta Salad

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A quick and flavorful pasta salad with salami and bell peppers.

Antipasto Pasta Salad

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A delicious pasta, meat and cheese combination with a homemade dressing. It serves a crowd and is great for a picnic.

Inspiration and Ideas

American-Italian Pasta Salad

'Love love love! Did I mention I love this recipe? I make this for almost every family gathering (picnic, BBQ, graduation, 4th of July).' – geraldtaraj

Quick Italian Pasta Salad

'FANTASTIC! This has to be one of the best pasta salads that I have made.' – Christina

Italian Pasta Salad

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This wonderful dish combines all your favorite vegetables in one dish that can be adapted to your own tastes. If preparing a day ahead, refrigerate, then stir in 1/2 cup additional Italian dressing before serving. Also terrific with Ranch, Caesar, Red Wine Vinaigrette, Parmesan, and most other dressings!