Basil Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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Basil Italian Pasta Salad

Rita Diette


I use very little virgin olive oil. I prefer to use the Italian dressing as it give the pasta a much better taste.
The recipe called for sliced carrots. I use shredded carrots and chopped them into small pieces.
I have made many Pasta Salads over the years, and this is one of my favorites.
Everyone really seems to enjoy the taste of the Wish Bone Rubusto Dressing.
That dressing really has a kick to it.
I grow my own Basil so I know it is fresh.

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12 to 14 people


25 Min


10 Min


Stove Top


1 box of rotini pasta

Directions Step-By-Step

1 pound of cooked pasta. 1 cup of grape tomatoes, cut in half, 2 large carrots, diced, 3 persian cucumber (the small crispy kind)1 small red onion, diced, large bunch of basil, chopped. A couple of tables spoons of virgin olive oil.
1 heaping tablespoon of mayo, 1/2 cup black olives, chopped, 1/2 cup hard salami, (optional) cut in small pieces, Wish Bone Rubusta Italian dressing, as much as needed.
Place cooked pasta, that has been cooled, into a large bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil and set aside.
Cut the grape tomatoes in half, slice the carrots in half the long way and then slice into bite size pieces. Cut each cucumber into quarters vertically and slice into small pieces, chop the olives in half. Toss the veggies, basil, chopped olives, diced red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, into the bowl of pasta.
Stir in the mayo, drizzle with the Italian dressing and a little olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the cut up salami, chopped basil and toss.
Chill the pasta salad for about an hour before serving. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides, Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy