Bringing The Family Back to The Table

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

I love a dish that I can just throw together than refrigerate and serve a few hours later.  It comes in handy for the drop in guest too.

There are times when I feel like I am caught off guard and it usually lands on a busy weekend.  Either the kids have a handful of friends over or an occasional friend or family is here at a meal time.  I found this recipe helps me to have a quick meal and I still get time to socialize or supervise (in some cases.)

The flavor is so good in this Pasta Salad that I always have folks ask for the recipe. So here it is for all those who have ever eaten at my house (when I have served this) and wanted this recipe.

Serves well with Garlic Bread and White Wine.

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe by Texas Family Kitchen

Italian Pasta Salad
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A quick, good tasting crowd pleaser
Recipe type: Traditional
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8 to 10
  • Dressing:
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried granulated onion
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp lemon
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salad
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg of Rainbow Pasta, cooked to the directions on the package.
  • 1 small can Black Olives
  • ¼ cup Red and Green Bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ Broccoli, stems cut off and only flowerettes
  • 1 cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 container of small mozzarella balls
  1. Mix all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl
  3. Pour dressing in with the salad and toss together.
  4. Refrigerate.
  5. Serve when needed.