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Italian Basil Pasta Salad Recipe

Italian Basil Pasta Salad Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional 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 User ID: 6736080 272754
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3141438 269309
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2017

"Really good, maybe a little more seasoning next time"

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!"

kleescraga User ID: 3865772 181321
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"Super salad. Thank you TimBoy (May 28, 2011) for the link for recipe conversions though because the original recipe serves 18 and my husband doesn't really appreciate leftovers. I reduced the recipe by 1/3rd and still have enough for lunch today. This salad was our main dish for dinner last night with a side of creamy clam chowder. Lovely meal. We have a monthly meal with 5 other couples so I'll definitely take this salad next time and keep it in mind for church suppers."

AFleeman User ID: 5235308 181319
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"Very Good. Even better a few days later as left-overs!"

cheeriogirl User ID: 2355136 210686
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"GREAT recipe."

llscmr User ID: 5989081 165472
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"Makes enought for a million!!"

belairbaby User ID: 3156259 112674
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"I made this recipe for Memorial Day this year and it was a big hit with our neighbors. I made it a day ahead of time. It is light and fresh and delicious! I will definitely make the recipe again."

TimBoy User ID: 5678408 98125
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"Here is a link to an excellent recipe converter that I have used numerous times when preparing meals for several hundred. You can take the conversion either way, up or down."

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 104943
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"This salad sounds very good. I intend to make it for dinner tonight...however I am making it for two people. Wish Taste of Home would include the program that re-calculates the recipe for smaller portions."

lizzyblmt User ID: 1680182 113895
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"This is an excellent salad. Fresh and delicious. I was a big hit with everyone."

jmm162 User ID: 5176512 180281
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"AMAZING RECIPE! This is a big hit everywhere I take it. We make it all the time!"

jr1849 User ID: 2353762 183834
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"I made this pasta salad for a graduation party over the 4th of July weekend and it was a smashing success! There weren't any leftovers for the next day so my husband requested I make it again. I substituted chopped pepperocinis for the banana pepper rings and used 8 slices of salami. Absolutely wonderful! This is my new go-to pasta salad!"

Colleen V User ID: 1166694 122573
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"Flavors blend together perfectly. The fresh basil topped it off. Will definitely make it again."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 167621
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"Excellent pasta salad! I added pepperoni, left out the olives and used fresh red pepper instead of the rings, and it was a hit."

bel62pre User ID: 3228930 210685
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"This salad was so refreshing. Even my son & husband liked it and they are very finisky eaters. I took some of it to work and everyone loved it. I also added extra salami."

TheMadge User ID: 4986728 98786
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"The blend of different flavors makes this dish wonderful. I didn't have red wine vinegar so substituted with apple cider vinegar. The only complaint was that there wasn't enough salami, and I used six slices."

lattedeb User ID: 752681 210684
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2009

"This is very good, dressing is light. Liked the tip of rubbing your fresh basil with vegetable oil before cutting, prevents basil from turning dark."

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