Italian Basil Pasta Salad Recipe
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Italian Basil Pasta Salad Recipe

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Ready for a big bite of summertime? Pass around this garden-fresh pasta salad. I'd suggest serving it at your next dinner party, potluck or luncheon. —Charlotte Gehle, Brownstown, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 7 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pickled banana pepper rings
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 4 thin slices hard salami, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 224 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 221mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, tomatoes, cheese, yellow pepper, onion, pepper rings, olives, salami and basil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 18 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Italian Basil Pasta Salad in Country Woman April/May 2009, p34

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s_pants User ID: 174050 268084
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

"Left out the olives due to preference, but really enjoyed this salad. It was best served the day of."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 259838
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"Nice light salad. The only changes I made were to omit the olives and used processed mozzarella instead of fresh."

PageRD User ID: 5881442 252574
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"This is a light and refreshing side dish that's perfect for summer. quick and easy!"

luann8190 User ID: 6756458 250464
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2016

"This has become a must have especially when we grill out!"

heatskitchen User ID: 8366358 244209
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"I used dried basil, but this still turned out great. Here is my blog post on it:"

DanaeH User ID: 5632387 229026
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"Made it for my Fourth of July cook out! Was a huge hit!!! I would put a little less salt next time- seemed a little salty to me but no complaints just great reviews from everyone who ate it! Definitely make it again!!"

cindiak User ID: 221828 210687
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"This was very good and will make it again. I put it together the night before and added the dressing and mozzarella right before I served it."

Bonito User ID: 1630276 143802
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"This was so easy to make and I did it the day before and just added the dressing before serving and it was delicious - it will be one of my go to recipes"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 122574
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"I was hoping this would be an amazing go to pasta salad recipe. It fell a little flat. I made exactly as written, using fresh produce (alot right from my garden.) I appreciated the variety of textures and flavors...the salami, the cheese, fresh basil among the highlights. The dressing was light and tangy, and great for an outdoor venue (we had a potluck in the summer outdoors, nice to have a non-mayo based dish.) But I wasn't wowed, and neither were most of my guests."

jnjrok User ID: 1992251 165475
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

"Very tasty! Didn't have fresh basil or banana rings so used dried basil and a few small pieces of cut up pepperchini. Everyone loved it!"

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