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With creamy cheese, salty salami, buttery castelvetrano olives, tender white beans, sun-dried and cherry tomatoes, perfectly cooked pasta and homemade Italian dressing, Italian Pasta Salad is an easy and delicious meal for any time and absolutely perfect picnic fare. With all of these flavors and textures, you can make every bite different!

Italian Pasta Salad served in a ceramic bowl

This is a riff on my Italian Chopped Salad, made heartier with the addition of pasta. It’s one of my go-to salads for potlucks and picnics (along with my Seafood Pasta Salad, Egg Salad, Creamy Cucumber Salad, Corn Salad, Fregola Sarda with Radicchio and Hazelnuts and Italian Potato Salad). It’s always a hit and I can make it in minutes! I always toss this pasta salad with Italian dressing made from scratch, something that I always have on hand for a quick green salad or for dipping raw vegetables for a healthy snack.

Italian Pasta Salad Served

How to Make Italian Pasta Salad

Step 1: Make homemade Italian salad dressing. Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.

Italian Salad Dressing in Blender

Step 2: Combine all salad ingredients (pasta through cannellini beans); drizzle with desired amount of Italian dressing and gently toss to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours to allow flavors to meld. Serve.

Italian Pasta Salad Ingredients
Pouring Italian Dressing over Pasta Salad
Tossing Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe Video

Italian Pasta Salad

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 509
Servings: 6 people
Whether you’re looking for the perfect picnic dish or just an easy and delicious lunch or dinner, Italian Pasta Salad is just right! And the homemade Italian Dressing is so easy and so good, you’ll always want to have it on hand!

Ingredients  

Homemade Italian Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Italian Pasta Salad

  • 10 ounces dried rotini pasta or other short pasta
  • 4 ounces provolone cheese diced small
  • 4 ounces salami sliced into thin ribbons
  • 8 oil packed sun-dried tomatoes coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup castelvetrano olives pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked cannellini beans or 1 15-ounce can drained

Instructions 

  • To make the Italian Dressing, combine first 5 ingredients (red wine vinegar through thyme) in a blender; blend until combined. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and blend to combine. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking process. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients to pasta (cheese through cannellini beans). Pour desired amount of homemade Italian Dressing over and gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours to allow flavors to meld before serving. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 1077mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. David @ Spiced says:

    This pasta salad is right up my alley, Marissa! I love every single ingredient in that list, and this salad sounds like a great option for Memorial Day picnics. Sign me up for a big plate of this one! I do have an Italian pasta salad recipe from my mother-in-law that I love, but I’ve never used cannellini beans in it. I’ll have to add some next time I make it. Yum!! 🙂