Family's Favorite Pasta Salad

Holly Stover


While trying to figure out a way to get my meat-and-potato loving husband to eat other veggies, I came up with this salad. Took a few of his favorites (tomatoes and olives) and threw in some I knew he could tolerate, mixed it with pasta and cheese, and it was a big hit. I take it to every family get-together and never have any left.

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30 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


1 can(s)
black olives, chopped, 4.25 oz. can
2 medium
cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
2 large
tomatoes, diced
2 bunch
green onions, chopped
1 pkg
tricolored rotini pasta, 16 oz.
1 pkg
pepperoni, julienned (i use a 8 oz.package of sliced)
1 bottle
your favorite italian dressing, can add a little more as pasta soaks it up
6 oz
package of parmesan cheese, shredded

How to Make Family's Favorite Pasta Salad


  • 1Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until pasta is cool.
  • 2Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, leaving some of the cheese to sprinkle on top.
  • 3Chill several hours to let the flavors blend. Better if left to sit overnight.
  • 4Very versatile as you can add more of what you like, less of what you don't like. Can easily double by adding more veggies and 1/2 of another package of pasta. I have even used grilled chicken instead of pepperoni, or left the meat out completely.

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About Family's Favorite Pasta Salad

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