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Easy Pasta Salad

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This Easy Pasta Salad is a simple, traditional recipe that can be changed up with fresh vegetables but is always delicious! It is one of my favorite items to pack for lunch.

This Classic Pasta Salad is always a hit at barbecues, picnics, and parties too! Easy to make and also super economical too since the vegetables are fairly inexpensive, as is the spiral pasta. 


Easy Pasta Salad

With these warm summer days, sometimes I just want to have a cool salad for dinner or lunch.  One of my favorites is pasta salad, which can be made in about 10 minutes.

Pasta Salad Recipe

Today I am sharing a simple recipe for Pasta Salad. Made with rotini pasta and fresh vegetables, drizzled in a tasty dressing for a fabulous picnic salad or side dish.

Pasta Salad Ingredients

The Basic Ingredients are

  • Rotini or spiral pasta
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Homemade Pasta Salad Dressing  or a bottled Italian dressing
  • Feta Cheese – If you want to make this a Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipe, just omit this ingredient.

How to Make Pasta Salad

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How to Make Pasta Salad

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Pasta Salad Recipe
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Easy Pasta Salad

This easy Pasta Salad is a simple, traditional recipe that can be changed up with fresh vegetables but is always delicious!
Course Salads
Cuisine American


  • 1 package spiral or rotini pasta 1 lb.
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers I used green and yellow
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions I prefer red
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/2 can olives 2.25 0z
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette or Italian Salad dressing bottled or homemade


  • 1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.  
  • 2. While pasta is cooking, chop up the bell peppers, tomato and onions and set aside.  
  • 3. When the pasta is ready, drain and rinse with cold water, then drain again.  
  • 4. Add other ingredients and mix with salad dressing.  
  • 5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour for best results.  
  • 6. This is a great salad to take for lunch.  You can add chopped ham or cooked chicken or cucumbers if you like.

This recipe makes about 8 servings.  Enjoy!

For fun, here is the original photo from this recipe that was posted the first year of the blog. My photography was lacking big time!



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Natasha Inoz

Saturday 4th of August 2012

Thanks so much for linking up to Say G’Day Saturday! I just shared this post on my Facebook page and pinned it too!

This week’s party has just started so I hope you can join in again!

Best wishes, Natasha in Oz


Thursday 2nd of August 2012

looks good. I love pasta salad

Savvy Working Gal

Saturday 28th of July 2012

I'm always looking for easy, healthy recipes. This looks like a good one. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from SITS.