Italian Pasta Salad – Beyond The Chicken Coop

A bowl filled with fussili pasta, tomatoes and cheese.

A tasty Italian pasta salad perfect as a side or main dish. Filled with sliced ​​salami, cherry tomatoes, pepperoncinis, kalamata olives and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Make this salad in the morning and let all the flavors meld together for a tasty pasta salad to serve for dinner.

A bowl filled with fussili pasta, tomatoes and cheese.

Why make this recipe

Pasta salads are comfort foods in the salad world. You’ve got the carbohydrates from the pasta that fill you up, lots of tasty add-ins like olives, salami, tomatoes and onions all covered in a highly flavored vinaigrette. What’s not to love?

There are so many versions of pasta salad and just as many versions of Italian pasta salad. This is a recipe you can feel good about serving to your family or taking to a potluck dinner.

It’s sure to be eaten up and will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Key ingredients

Small bowls filled with different ingredients for making pasta salad.
  • Pasta – I use tri-color fusilli pasta
  • Salami – Dry cured Italian salami sliced ​​into thin strips
  • Mozzarella – Fresh mini balls cut into quarters
  • Kalamata olives
  • cherry tomatoes
  • Pepperoncinis

Step by step directions

  • Make the dressing by combining olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, honey and dried Italian seasonings into a glass jar with a lid
  • Shake vigorously until everything is well combined

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