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Italian Basil Pasta Salad

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


  • 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


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

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  • suefalk
    Sep 7, 2017

    Pasta salad meets Antipasto. A great summer dish, but I agree with some of the others on seasonings. I added fresh Thyme and fresh cracked pepper. Add grilled chicken or steak for a one-dish dinner.

  • rustedgold1
    Jul 11, 2017

    Really good, maybe a little more seasoning next time

  • s_pants
    Jun 18, 2017

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

  • justmbeth
    Jan 17, 2017

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

  • PageRD
    Aug 12, 2016

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

  • luann8190
    Jul 15, 2016

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

  • heatskitchen
    Feb 21, 2016

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

  • DanaeH
    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
    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
    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