Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

Easy Zesty Italian Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for any meal! Customize this tri-colored pasta salad with your favorite veggies for a unique flavor.

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad in a large crock-like bowl.

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

I love how simple this garden pasta salad is to make! It is the perfect dish to take for family meals!

Zesty Italian pasta salad on a small white square plate with red and white checkered napkin to the right.

One thing I love about pasta salad is that you can change the vegetables and never have the same dish.

Examples of extra items you could add to this dish are broccoli, cucumbers, black olives, and even pepperoni!

The dish I prepared is just a basic side dish. Feel free to add more items to your salad.

Just a few ingredients

  • tri-colored pasta
  • Italian dressing
  • cherry tomatoes quartered
  • green olives sliced
  • shredded cheddar cheese
Fork holds a bite of the Zesty Italian Pasta Salad in the foreground. In the background you see the small plate of tri-colored pasta salad.

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

Easy Zesty Italian Pasta Salad that is the perfect side dish to any meal! Customize this tri-colored pasta salad with your favorite veggies for a unique flavor.
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Zesty Italian Pasta Salad in a large crock-like bowl.
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. tri-colored pasta
  • 15 oz. Italian dressing
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/4 cup green olives sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta. Drain and run cold water over the pasta.
  • Add pasta to a large bowl and mix in the Italian dressing.
  • Gently add the tomatoes, olives, and cheese.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator until it is time to serve.

Notes

This recipe is best when made the night before dinner.
For extra crunch, add about 1/2 of a cucumber (chopped).

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Midwestern Moms

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