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Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad Recipe

Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

JChampine User ID: 8428943 228611
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"I have made many versions of this recipe, and I have found that adding some FETA CHEESE is a wonderful addition to this dish. Also I tend to add Green and Red Bell Peppers since my kids like them so much."

purringkat User ID: 8423595 228582
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"A summer favorite. I add a green, a red, an yellow and an orange sweet pepper."

vj221979 User ID: 5329286 227972
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"quick, easy, and very good!!!!"

crystalcarreon User ID: 5736603 185684
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013


[email protected] User ID: 1202636 124263
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"quick, easy, and delicious. As someone else mentioned, shredded mozzarella turns this into an A+ dish for potlucks."

731pat User ID: 5205117 118808
Reviewed May. 24, 2013

"quick, easy and good"

lindas1558 User ID: 2584662 179726
Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"Have been making a similar salad for years. Instead of broccoli & black olives, I use Greek olives, small mozzarella balls, and mini pepperoni with the tomatoes."

deckerroad User ID: 7054249 197414
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"I make this often for dinners at church. My family aren't broccoli eaters, so I use onion, green pepper, grape tomatoes, and black olives. I also add sliced pepperoni, cut in half, and shredded parmesan if I have it."

bevbailey User ID: 1830712 180583
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"I use tomatoes, cucumbers and onion in mine, but you could use any number of ingredients to suit your taste....good and easy"

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 192626
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"Had to change because of the sodium content. I only put half the olives and I used a low sodium Italian dressing. I really like the idea of cheese and ham chunks. Could just make my low sodium family member push those aside!"

Cheryl415 User ID: 2251247 124260
Reviewed May. 18, 2013 Edited Mar. 13, 2017

"I make this pasta a little different. I take out the broccoli and olives. I use the pasta, grape tomatoes (cut in half), chucks of ham and chunks of cheese. You can buy those already in chucks in your dairy section. I use the Italian dressing also. I love this recipe. So fast and easy."

Marthafinley79 User ID: 7264747 133740
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"easy and yummy. I used only 1 cup of dressing and shredded parm cheese"

LBTOTMAN User ID: 6662314 185680
Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"I needed a recipe for a Wednesday night church supper to compliment hamburgers and baked beans. This was it! I've had several ask if I would share the recipe. The only thing I would do different is add a bit of chopped red onion. Enjoy!"

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