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


  • 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)


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.


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

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

  2. sounds delicious!

  3. Sounds delicious and perfect for these hot summer days! Thanks

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

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

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

  7. Delicious, easy and colourful.

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

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

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

  12. looks yummy & easy to make!

  13. Yummy! Going to make it this week!!

  14. Tried this recipe and loved it…Thanks

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

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

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

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

    • Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  21. this looks super tasty.

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

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

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

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

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

  30. this looks really good, a nice summer salad

  31. 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. That looks really good.

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

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

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

  38. 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. 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. Thanks for sharing,I love pasta salads

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

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

  44. This would be amazing in the Summer at a BBQ!

  45. Love Boccocini cheese, very colourful salad too.

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

  47. Thanks shared on FB for my Sissy

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

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

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

  51. perfect for hot summer days

  52. 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. I think balsamic vinegar would be perfect in this.

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

  55. 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. Yummy! This looks delish. I love pasta salad.

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

  58. This is a perfect salad for summer

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