Pasta Salad with a Zing!

Laurie Roberts


Sometimes we just don't feel like having a heavy meal. This salad works for us because it is filling and satisfying, and it's ready in no time. It's a great side dish, but have it as your main with some buttered crusty bread and you won't be disappointed. The flavors just pop and the jalapeno peppers give it a nice little bite. I love pasta salad but wanted something a little different. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy normally, but he loves this so much he doesn't even feel like he's missing out.

★★★★★ 3 votes
30 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


18-24 oz
tri-color rotini pasta
1 can(s)
black olives, sliced (1 heaping cup)
1 c
cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced
1 large
avocado, diced
1/2 c
jalapeno peppers, finely diced (i use mezzetta deli-sliced tamed)
1/2-3/4 c
cheese, cubed (pepperjack, monterey jack, mozzarella - your choice)
1/2 c
parmesan cheese, shredded
1 bottle
(16 oz) kraft zesty italian dressing & marinade
salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Pasta Salad with a Zing!


  • 1Cook pasta according to directions, drain and rinse in cold water.
  • 2Put cooked pasta in large bowl. Add olives, tomatoes, avocado, jalapeno peppers, and cubed cheese. Mix well together.
  • 3Salt and pepper to taste, then add 2/3 to full bottle of italian dressing, depending on how moist you like it.
  • 4Top with shredded parmesan cheese.
  • 5You could also add in some diced red or purple onion for a bit of crunch and added great flavor.

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About Pasta Salad with a Zing!

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American