Italian-Inspired Pasta Salad

    40 min

    A fantastic pasta salad with flavours from the Med. Pasta is tossed with tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, pepperoni, peppers, olives and a tangy salad. dressing. It's light, refreshing and perfect for summer barbecues.

    380 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • 450g fusilli (spiral) pasta
    • 450g cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 225g mozzarella cheese, cubed
    • 225g salami, cubed
    • 115g sliced pepperoni, cut in half
    • 1 large green pepper, cut into 2.5cm pieces
    • 200g black olives
    • 75g roasted red peppers, chopped
    • 225ml Italian salad dressing

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
    2. In a large bowl, combine pasta with tomatoes, cheese, salami, pepperoni, green pepper, olives and red peppers. Pour in salad dressing and toss to coat.

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    I make this all the time & we LOVE it (especially my father-in-law)! I use tri color rotini, grape tomatoes, pepperonchinis instead of the green peppers, and some chunked red onion. I also use a whole 16 oz. bottle Wishbone "Robust Italian Dressing". I learned that if you "dry" (like pat them with a clean dish or paper towels to get the water off) the noodles, the dressing will really stick a lot better. Pour 1/2 the dressing on right away, refridgerate, and pour the other 1/2 on before serving prevents it from drying out (the noodle will soak up the dressing). Delicious, it goes great with Italian beef. Thanks Desiree!  -  28 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    For as easy and versatile as this one is, it deserves 5 stars! I made this for a bridal shower and it went over as a huge hit! I did omit the olives and used a little less tomatoes BUT I then added some chopped zucchini. Also, I sprinkled in just a little parmesan cheese and added a little white sugar...believe it or not, the touch of white sugar takes the edge off the Italian dressing without making it sweet. I had people who came up to me at the shower and told me that they don't normally like these types of salads but LOVED the way this was made. They couldn't believe that the secret ingrediant was the dash or two of sugar! A great summer pasta salad! Thanks Desiree!  -  26 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a great pasta salad because it has things that just about everyone likes. I added zucchini, a red bell pepper, and some fresh mozarella, and i only used a small can of sliced black olives. I put about 8 oz of Italian dressing on the night before [Newman's family-style italian, our favorite] then another 8oz right before serving. Great recipe!  -  30 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)