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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

This zesty recipe combines vegetables and pasta in a creamy dressing. Refreshing and filling, this change-of-pace salad is perfect as a side dish. It's always popular at a potluck.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup cubed provolone cheese
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • Leaf lettuce, optional


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl; add the tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions and salad dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight; drain.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese; stir in the provolone cheese and olives. Gently fold into the pasta mixture. Serve in a lettuce-lined bowl if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 442 calories, 39g fat (7g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 920mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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Janadele User ID: 7087902 252039
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

"easy and delicious."

grandma3d User ID: 1526782 249495
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2016

"@dawnrosanne You may already know this but, Provolone cheese is actually Mozzarella cheese that has been cured in a brine solution. So you did good."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 36557
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"I omitted the mushrooms and onions (personal choice) and added more pasta. Used Olive Garden Dressing. We really liked it and will make again. :-)"

ghammang User ID: 741381 80850
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"Excellent..will definitely make again!"

allenfive User ID: 3364380 80426
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"This is an excellent pasta salad. I didn't have any provolone cheese on had so I used mozarella . I don't know how using provolone could have made it any better!"

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 73587
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"This is dawnrosanne again...I forgot to add that I could not find a block of provolone cheese in the store, so I used mozarella cheese, and instead of 1/3 cup, I think I put in 1 cup of cubed mozarella."

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 49327
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Wonderful! Took this to a party and everyone loved it. I added mini-pepperonis to it. I also followed others' suggestions and instead of just 1 cup of pasta, used two. Great zippy flavor. Important to get "Zesty Italian dressing" (not regular Italian). YUM!!"

sherig111 User ID: 2038102 124647
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"Great recipe! I took this to our father's day BBQ and it was a big hit! The only thing I did different was double the recipe because a single wouldn't make enough for a crowd."

cherylpulver User ID: 3523323 55760
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2010

"As delicious as it looks! Everyone loved it! Used whole jarred mushrooms cut in half instead of fresh."

kiva2007 User ID: 5152087 204426
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"After serving this at one party, I was asked for the recipe multiple times!"

StMA User ID: 114800 73586
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"Very good!

I also used a 12 oz. box of pasta."

Noack05 User ID: 3143643 32897
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"This is my favorite pasta salad. My children ask to have it packed in their lunch the following day. I add pepperoni to it. It has become part of our normal dinner rotation."

RD2Cook User ID: 1012768 124646
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"This is delicious! Note: the call for 3/4C uncooked spiral pasta is deceiving and doesn't seem like enough to make 6 servings as the recipe states. I used a 12 oz box of pasta, which worked out well. The salad was still flavorful and creamy; and went much further than it would have using only 3/4C."

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