Pasta Salad Recipe - These easy Italian pasta salad recipe is SO good!
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Pasta Salad Recipe – Cold, Italian Style and SO Easy

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Pasta Salad Recipe – Cold, Italian Style and SO Easy: This no-cook side dish recipe is perfect for a bbq, or any weeknight dinner for your family!

You know we love salad recipes around here right? Well this one is at the top of our favorites list for sure!

Pasta Salad Recipe - These easy, cold Italian pasta salad recipe is SO good!

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe - This was so easy and a side dish recipe that is addicting!

Pasta Salad Recipe – Cold, Italian Style and SO Easy

In the meal care package tutorial I shared with you a couple of months ago, I gave a sneak peek of this pasta salad when I packaged it in to a mason jar. (But more on that, and how you can do it too, below!)

But today, I’m sharing how to make pasta salad, the super easy and delicious way!

It not only looks gorgeous as a side dish with all of the pops of color, but it is packed with TONS of flavor.

Plus, in “slightly homemade” and Fantabulosity fashion, this side dish recipe is quick and oh so easy to whip up for a weeknight meal.

Ingredients for Pasta Salad Recipes! This cold Italian recipe is the best!

Cold Pasta Salad

A nice cold, flavorful pasta salad is a side dish that is PERFECT for a summer bbq. (Like I served at our Backyard BBQ Party!) But I must admit, no matter what time of year it is, it’s quite delicious any time of year, paired with some of my favorite main dish recipes, and one of my favorite steak sides!

Plus, with it being a cold pasta salad recipe, that means NO cooking, and very little prep! One of my favorite recipe combinations!

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe - This cold blend of ingredients is amazingly good! Love the bowtie pasta, and how easy it is!


Italian Pasta Salad

When I started experimenting with this pasta salad, I was craving an Italian pasta salad. The thought of mixing together herbs with oils and vinegar crossed my mind, but then that sounded WAY too time consuming and fancy for this momma. So when I eyed the Zesty Italian salad dressing in my pantry, I knew it was exactly what this Italian pasta salad needed!

Then, the addition of the cute little pepperoni’s and mozzarella helped tie in the Italian theme as well.

But the combo of flavors with the red pepper, banana peppers, cherry tomatoes, and spinach rounding off the rest of it, is just what this cold pasta salad needed!

Using this for pasta salad dressing is SO good and how much easier can you get?!

Easy Pasta Salad Recipe - Cold and Italian style, my favorite!

Tip for Pasta Salad Recipes:

When I’m making pasta salads, or ANY salad that has tomatoes in it (like one of my favorites: My Tomato Mozzarella and Avocado Salad), PLEASE don’t make this ahead of time and chill it. Now, if it makes life so much easier to… then that’s ok, go ahead. But the refrigeration of the tomatoes causes them to lose SO much flavor. But not only that, the pasta will soak up the dressing and it begins to lose that punch of flavor too.

What about left overs?  Well save them… I do. But if you have any extra Italian dressing laying around to add more to your left overs, that helps a ton!

Pasta Salad Recipe - These easy Italian pasta salad recipe is SO good!

Pasta Salad Recipe – Cold, Italian Style and SO Easy

Jessica Burgess
Cold, Italian Style and SO Easy: This no-cook side dish recipe is perfect for a bbq, or any weeknight dinner for your family!
4.29 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5 servings
Calories 871 kcal


  • 1 lb bowtie pasta
  • 1 16-ounce bottle zesty Italian dressing
  • 5 ounces cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1 cup sliced banana peppers
  • 5 ounces mini pepperoni's
  • 8 ounces of mozzerella pearls
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion


  • Cook bowtie pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain pasta and rinse in cold water until pasta is fully cooled.
  • Mix the past together with all of the remaining ingredients.
  • Serve!


Serving: 1cupCalories: 871kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 30gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1763mgPotassium: 635mgFiber: 4gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 1690IUVitamin C: 33.3mgCalcium: 293mgIron: 2.8mg
Keyword cold pasta salad recipe, easy pasta salad, easy side dish recipe, pasta salad dressing
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Pasta Salad Recipe - Cold Easy Italian pasta salad is the best side dish recipe!

Pasta Salad To-Go Tutorial

I couldn’t help but to also show you how I assemble the pasta salad in to a jar, when I’m making it to-go, to deliver to family and friends. The presentation of the rainbow layer of colors is my all-time favorite.

Here’s the step by step layering I do when making this Italian Pasta Salad for a care package!

Italian Pasta Salad to GO! Love this idea for a meal package care kit!

Finish off the jar with a cute little ribbon and all they have to do is dump it out in to a bowl, stir and serve to their family!

Care package meals to go: Easy Pasta Salad Side Dish Idea

Love Easy Side Dishes?

If you love easy side dishes, then you’ll LOVE the other’s here on the blog. Check out the side dish archives and pin all of those that you love to your Pinterest board for when you need them!

Then, while you’re there, feel free to follow me on Pinterest where I tend to only pin quick and easy recipes too! Follow me on Pinterest HERE!

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