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italian pasta salad

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Laura Perovich
San Antonio, TX

I just love this recipe. A hit at BBQ's on a hot summer day.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A fresh and easy pasta salad loaded with crisp vegetables and a zesty Italian dressing. We love the flavor of tarragon and lemon pepper added to the salad. This side dish will be a great addition to any cookout. You could add pepperoni slices as Laura suggests. Salami or cheese would be delicious too.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For italian pasta salad

  • 16 oz
    tri-color rotini (spiral vegetable pasta)
  • 1 md
  • 6 md
    Roma tomatoes
  • 1 bunch
    broccoli, bunch
  • 1 can
    sliced black olives
  • 1 bottle
    zesty Italian dressing
  • 2 tsp
    salad herbs or tarragon
  • 1 tsp
    lemon pepper

How To Make italian pasta salad

  • Draining cooked pasta.
    Cook pasta with salt according to package instructions. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Once cooked, drain and run cold water over it. Place in a large salad bowl.
  • Cucumbers striped and cut into slices.
    Stripe cucumbers with a fork. Place a fork on the end of the cucumber and slide it down the length. Then slice it into discs.
  • Tomatoes cut into pieces.
    Cut Roma tomatoes into bite-size pieces. Roma tomatoes have the best flavor. If you can't find Roma tomatoes, then use cherry tomatoes and cut them in half.
  • Broccoli cut into florets.
    Use only the florets of the broccoli and some of the stem. Pull apart if big clusters.
  • Broccoli, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, and seasonings in bowl with the pasta.
    Place, broccoli, tomatoes, olive (drained), and cucumbers in with the pasta. Dust the salad with Salad Herbs or Tarragon (not salad seasoning) and lemon pepper. These spices give the salad a distinct flavoring.
  • Adding dressing to the pasta salad.
    Use 2/3 of the bottle of Italian dressing. That way the pasta and veggies absorb the flavor. Refrigerate. Just before serving add the remainder of the dressing and stir. Bon Appetit!
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    *TIP: You can also add small pepperoni slices (optional).