EASY Pasta Salad

Rose V


The cook time is for the pasta, since that is all you have to cook. I try to use the multi-colored pasta for parties and picnics. You can cool the pasta quickly using a cold water bath while you are prepping the vegetables. Be sure to drain it REALLY WELL before mixing to cut down on the wetness.
I probably gave more time than needed for the prep work, but I wanted to take into consideration that there are a lot of beginner cooks out there!
This salad will hold nicely in the fridge for a few days, but is definitely best the first and 2nd day.


★★★★★ 1 vote

6 - 12
1 Hr
15 Min


Add to Grocery List

1 large
cucumber - diced
2 - 3
celery hearts - thinly sliced
zucchini - shredded
1 large
tomato - diced or 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
yellow or red pepper, diced
1 large
can sliced black olives or 2 small cans sliced black olives (or , if you prefer, you can mix sliced green and sliced black)
1 lb
elbow or corkscrew macaroni - cooked, drained and cooled
1 bottle
ranch dressing (your favorite)
onion powder, salt and pepper - to taste
parmesan cheese - shaved or grated

How to Make EASY Pasta Salad


  • 1Mix all ingrediants together except the shaved parmesan Cheese. Save this to top the pasta salad just before serving. That's it!!! I said it was easy!
  • 2ENJOY!!

Printable Recipe Card

About EASY Pasta Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 4 Comments & Reviews

15 Easy Pasta Salad Recipes

15 Easy Pasta Salad Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Besides being super simple to throw together, the great thing about pasta salad is you can customize it based on your favorite flavors. We've found 15 flavorful pasta salad recipes...

Elevate The Pasta Salad At Your Next Cookout Recipe

Elevate the Pasta Salad at Your Next Cookout

Kitchen Crew

Cookout season is in full effect! My husband and I were looking at the calendar and realized we have a cookout nearly every weekend for the next few weeks. One...

What To Make With A Box Of Penne Recipe

What to Make With a Box of Penne

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Boxed pasta can be a saving grace at dinnertime, but you don't have to settle on topping with an ordinary tomato sauce. Here are 10 recipes that'll help you create...