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Pizza Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is a popular addition to summer menus. My children love this salad.—Danielle Carpenter, Vienna, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni (about 1-1/2 ounces)


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, Parmesan cheese, vinegar, oregano, salt, garlic powder and pepper; shake well.
  • Drain pasta; rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add pasta. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 382 calories, 25g fat (9g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 517mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    May 2, 2016

    It was quite good. I made the mistake of preparing 2 days in advance to save time during the weekdays. All of dressing was absorbed up by the pasta. Next time, I'll make closer to when I need it. I'll also use less cheese because I have some non hard cheese eaters in the house.

  • iamcarrie
    May 19, 2015

    I made this for a party on the weekend and took the leftovers to work on Monday. It was a hit both places. I made 1.5 times the recipe since the pasta I wanted came in a 12 ounce box. I followed the dressing directions pretty closely except that I used Italian seasoning instead of oregano and I had some grated Romano cheese that I mixed with the grated Parmesan. I eyeballed most of the actual salad ingredient amounts, but I think I stayed pretty close to the amounts in the recipe. This will be my go-to pasta salad recipe. Even my 91-year-old dad liked it.

  • jmkasprak
    Jul 8, 2014

    This was a good pasta salad. I appreciated that it didn't use a bottled Italian dressing. I added fresh basil and some very flavorful Romano cheese.

  • lea61499
    Jul 12, 2011

    I make this with turkey pepperoni and it is wonderful! My son loves it and it really does taste like pizza. YUMM!

  • melaniej540
    Jul 4, 2010

    We made this for a 4th of July picnic. We got nothing but compliments. We would make it again, in fact we made it the next day for another picnic.

  • FloridaTav
    Jun 23, 2010

    Actually, for years, my husband has made a pasta salad almost identical to this one. I made this with the addition of sliced black olives and it's so delicious and light. Perfect for a summer meal---lunch or dinner!

  • m41448pelishek
    Aug 21, 2007

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  • jann3351
    Mar 27, 2007

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