Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad Recipe
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Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad Recipe

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Tackle gatherings to go with a bright pasta salad. This tricolor toss-up with broccoli, tomatoes, olives and a hardworking dressing is the easiest one you could take. —Amanda Cable, Boxford, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups Italian salad dressing with roasted red pepper and Parmesan

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 149 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 513mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook pasta according to package directions, adding the broccoli during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, olives, salt and pepper. Drizzle with salad dressing; toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 14 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p38

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Raven User ID: 8195479 263449
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2017

"Always a hit! I leave out the broccoli and instead put purple onion and green peas. Will have to take another reader's suggestion and add cheese next time"

Robert User ID: 9101791 263408
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

"For cindeehanson, Yes, Walmart has their own brand, Great Value Italian salad Dressing. You can buy it in a large 40 ounce bottle, very reasonably priced and I always have a couple of bottles on hand which I also use them for marinade on chicken cutlets sleeping overnight in the

fridge before I grill them or pan fry them. This recipe with cubed mozz cheese and provolone cheese is a winner. Just add those cheeses along with the other ingredients and let them sleep overnight in the fridge and your a hit in the kitchen. Bon Appetite"

61comet User ID: 2736354 263404
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"yes we like olive garden italian dressing you can buy it from olive garden or some walmarts carry it"

cindeehanson User ID: 7385439 263402
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"Can anyone recommend an excellent brand of Italian salad dressing?"

LindaFay User ID: 5001612 263393
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"Have made is forever and always goes over well. Also don't have to worry about temp since there is no mayo."

Nan4631 User ID: 8232539 252431
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"I added red peppers and peas with only 2 cups of brocolli as husband not a fan of brocolli. I think zuchinni would be good too. It was delish!"

gunslinger User ID: 544392 251851
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"Made this for a potluck and it was a big hit. It was so colorful andtasty!"

lauramarielawson User ID: 5246360 248418
Reviewed May. 19, 2016

"Very good!"

6cows running User ID: 5485046 247412
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"This is the best salad for home or to take anywhere. You can add any vegetables you like...fresh sweet peppers, onion, mushrooms, asparagus, chopped carrots...and the bowl always ends up cleaned of the last bit. Even if you keep it a day or so, the flavors are even better. I especially like Feta or Parmesan cheeses."

pinaystamper User ID: 7691409 228690
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"easy, healthy and oh so good!"

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