Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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This pasta salad recipe is pretty much a staple in our house during the summer. I don’t care for mayonnaise based pasta salad so we use Italian dressing. This recipe is easily adapted to whatever you have on hand!

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
  • 16 oz. Rontini Pasta (Or pasta of choice)
  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs, sliced
  • 3 oz. Salami, diced
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Small can of sliced Olives
  • ½ Cup Italian Dressing
  1. Bowl the pasta according to package directions to al dente.
  2. Once the pasta is done drain and rinse with cold water to cool.
  3. Place pasta in a large bowl and add a splash of the Italian dressing to keep the pasta from sticking together as the pasta cools.
  4. Once the pasta is cool, add the eggs, salami, cheese and olives. Mix well.
  5. Pour dressing over top and mix.
* Bacon or pepperoni is a good alternative to salami.
* Use different cheeses to add different flavors.
* If eating this pasta as a leftover, you may need to add a bit more dressing the next day.
* Add cherry tomatoes or chickpeas!

Pasta Salad

An alternative variation I made was adding cherry tomatoes and chickpeas since I didn’t have olives. Artichoke hearts are also a good addition!

What are your favorite ingredients in pasta salad?

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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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