Easy and Delicious Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Easy Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

I love making pasta salad during the summer because it’s a refreshing meal, it has lots of veggies and it tastes great! My entire family loves this Italian Pasta Salad recipe and it is super easy and quick to prepare!

Yield: 8 servings

Easy and Delicious Italian Pasta Salad

Easy and Delicious Italian Pasta Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 6 baby carrots or 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1 cup of boccocini cheese, whole or cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup of Italian-style salad dressing (or more to taste)

Instructions

1) In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook rotini pasta until al dente, then rinse under cold water and drain.

2) In a large bowl, combine the pasta, vegetables, boccocini cheese, pine nuts and salad dressing. Mix well and serve chilled or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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59 responses to “Easy and Delicious Italian Pasta Salad Recipe”

  1. Rachel Nyin — August 8, 2013 @ 9:41 pm (#)

    Looks amazing!! Making it this weekend, thanks for sharing!

  2. Mike Gismondi — August 8, 2013 @ 9:52 pm (#)

    sounds delicious!

  3. Anne Taylor — August 9, 2013 @ 8:22 am (#)

    Sounds delicious and perfect for these hot summer days! Thanks

  4. Jeannie — August 12, 2013 @ 9:29 am (#)

    That salad looks so good! My son loves pasta salads.

  5. sarah sar — August 12, 2013 @ 10:28 am (#)

    I wish i liked pasta but my family does. This would be great to make when we have a BBQ!

  6. Heidi C. — August 12, 2013 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    Perfect for right now when it is actually too warm to cook and the veggies are starting to be ready in our garden!

  7. Shirley — August 13, 2013 @ 10:42 am (#)

    Delicious, easy and colourful.

  8. Susan Smith — August 13, 2013 @ 7:58 pm (#)

    This looks yummy, I always bring a pasta salad when I go to a BBQ,

  9. Ashleigh Swerdfeger — August 13, 2013 @ 10:10 pm (#)

    I like this recipe!~ Lots of alternative ways to make it. Plus, I love the veggies and cheese already 🙂 This is also a perfect recipe for my son.

  10. Alex Petzoldt — August 15, 2013 @ 12:43 am (#)

    Oh man this looks so good. I love pasta salads.

  11. Tara Gauthier — August 15, 2013 @ 11:22 pm (#)

    This looks delicious and can’t wait to try it, my kids love anything with pasta~

  12. tennille — August 17, 2013 @ 10:12 pm (#)

    looks yummy & easy to make!

  13. Judy C — August 18, 2013 @ 11:03 am (#)

    Yummy! Going to make it this week!!

  14. Jayne Cameron — August 23, 2013 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    Tried this recipe and loved it…Thanks

  15. Deb Dorrington — August 31, 2013 @ 6:46 pm (#)

    I like your recipe so much that I’m going to make it this Labor Day Weekend. We’re having a family BBQ and I know the family will love it..thanks for sharing!

  16. Jenny — September 3, 2013 @ 10:04 pm (#)

    We ate a lot of pasta salad during the summer! Luckily, it’s still summer over here so I am definitely going to your recipe out!

  17. Alisha D — September 5, 2013 @ 6:08 pm (#)

    Oh yum! Looks DELISH! I’ll have to put this on the menu for the weekend!

  18. tennille — September 9, 2013 @ 1:42 pm (#)

    I made this one. I made a homemade italian dressing and coloured spiral pasta and it was so good! Great bright salad.

  19. Mike Gismondi — September 21, 2013 @ 8:14 am (#)

    I tried this one and it was super easy to make!

  20. Deb Dorrington — September 26, 2013 @ 9:38 am (#)

    Just wanted to let you know that I did make your pasta salad a few times and it has become a family favourite.

    • Angela V — September 26, 2013 @ 7:54 pm (#)

      Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  21. amy lovell — October 2, 2013 @ 8:43 am (#)

    this looks super tasty.

  22. Nena Sinclair — October 11, 2013 @ 12:07 am (#)

    This looks delicious! And I love that it’s so colorful, too!

  23. jessica s — October 19, 2013 @ 5:35 am (#)

    love all the veggies in this, always looking for yummy ways to incorporate more!

  24. Robin Wilson — November 9, 2013 @ 3:04 am (#)

    I love to have pasta salad in the winter too! When I can find some fresh veggies it is a great reminder of the warm weather that has gone. This looks like a great one that could be adapted to veggies that are available and spiced up for a little heat as well!

  25. Gina N — November 15, 2013 @ 9:42 pm (#)

    I love pasta salads and they’re great all year round. I’ve never added pine nuts to mine so this recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for posting it.

  26. Toni Marie Caravello Feimer — November 17, 2013 @ 5:28 am (#)

    I made spinach ravioli with tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Delish. But wow this looks like a great dish to bring to a party too. thanks. will pin it ;o)

  27. kristen visser — November 29, 2013 @ 8:24 am (#)

    totally want to try making this!! looks soo delicious and i love pasta!!

  28. Vesper — January 7, 2014 @ 8:30 am (#)

    Love these ingredients except the celery, wish I could find pine nuts locally

  29. Heather H — January 19, 2014 @ 12:25 am (#)

    This looks delicious – I am looking for new side dishes .. I think I will try this and add some Calabrese salami !

  30. Lynda Cook — February 9, 2014 @ 10:59 am (#)

    this looks really good, a nice summer salad

  31. Mary Withrow — March 1, 2014 @ 6:21 pm (#)

    I love to make pasta! I used the veggie noodles and add a pinch of sugar to the dressing. I also change it up and use other types of dressings like ranch

  32. addibrae — March 4, 2014 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    That looks really good.

  33. Erika B — March 12, 2014 @ 8:13 am (#)

    Oh my god, I LOVE pasta salad!!! This looks so yummy and pretty easy and quick to make! Thanks so much for posting this!!

  34. Wanda Tracey — April 15, 2014 @ 8:06 pm (#)

    I love pasta salads and so does my family.The boccocini cheese and fresh vegetables in this one sounds so refreshing and delicious.Thanks for sharing.

  35. Tammi L — April 19, 2014 @ 6:39 pm (#)

    I have done this with Greek style dressing and feta cheese… sooooo good. Will have to try this now! Thanks!

  36. Treen Goodwin — May 16, 2014 @ 4:52 pm (#)

    This looks awesome , and so delish will be trying this out , thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  37. Birdiebee — May 26, 2014 @ 6:32 pm (#)

    This pasta salad looks terrific. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  38. Wanda Tracey — June 27, 2014 @ 10:23 pm (#)

    This pasta salad looks so refreshing.Salads are my favorite food summer and winter.Thank you so much for posting this one.I will love it.

  39. Wanda Tracey — July 21, 2014 @ 8:00 pm (#)

    This is a delicious looking Italian pasta salad.I am making this because I love the fresh flavors of the vegetables and the pasta for the summer.Thanks so much for this recipe.

  40. kathy downey — August 26, 2014 @ 10:28 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing,I love pasta salads

  41. Wanda+Trcaey — October 1, 2014 @ 8:43 pm (#)

    I love the look of this amazing salad.It inspires me to make it soon.It looks so delicious.Thank you for posting this one.

  42. Doris Calvert — November 6, 2014 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    We have made this a few times now and we love it thanks for posting.

  43. Lee-Ann — November 8, 2014 @ 8:33 am (#)

    This is almost like my recipe – and we love it as much in the winter months as we do in the summer!

  44. loucheryl — December 13, 2014 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    This would be amazing in the Summer at a BBQ!

  45. Emilia — January 3, 2015 @ 9:39 am (#)

    Love Boccocini cheese, very colourful salad too.

  46. kathy downey — February 14, 2015 @ 6:48 am (#)

    This dish just looks delicious,it makes me hungry just looking at it

  47. kathy downey — February 17, 2015 @ 7:53 am (#)

    Thanks shared on FB for my Sissy

  48. kathy downey — April 11, 2015 @ 7:48 am (#)

    We had this last night it very fast became one of my daughters favorites

  49. salexis — November 4, 2015 @ 3:00 pm (#)

    I love pasta salads.. Especially when there is boccocini cheese involved!

  50. Elizabeth Matthiesen — April 2, 2016 @ 12:31 pm (#)

    I’ve never eaten a pasta salad but this looks amazing so I might just have to give it a try 🙂

  51. Darlene W — July 5, 2016 @ 8:39 am (#)

    perfect for hot summer days

  52. Debbie White Beattie — July 10, 2016 @ 2:50 am (#)

    I love this recipe, I made it a few days ago and I can’t believe how good it. I especially like the boccocini cheese.

  53. G K — November 11, 2016 @ 6:09 pm (#)

    I think balsamic vinegar would be perfect in this.

  54. Shirleyp — June 2, 2017 @ 9:03 am (#)

    Thank you for the pasta salad recipe I am going to make this for supper today

  55. Elizabeth Matthiesen — June 12, 2017 @ 3:21 pm (#)

    I was never a fan of salads until I lived in Macedonia for a time. The tomatoes and cucumbers there were out of this world, so now I eat salads and I love them when there’s cheese in them 🙂

  56. Erin N — January 17, 2018 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    Yummy! This looks delish. I love pasta salad.

  57. Tammi L. — May 12, 2018 @ 7:40 pm (#)

    This looks so good… I have a greek/feta dressing I’m going to use with it, thanks!

  58. Shirley — April 25, 2019 @ 7:34 pm (#)

    This is a perfect salad for summer

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