Italian Pasta Salad has been my favorite summer bbq offering for quite a few years. This one is always a hit at parties, and is so simple to throw together. Your family and guests are going to love it!
Italian Pasta Salad
We are currently in the great state of Washington to celebrate my sister-in-law’s wedding next Saturday! We’re so happy to be back here with family and friends this week. Fun times to be had!
I thought I’d give you a simple summer-ish BBQ recipe like this Italian Pasta Salad. It’s been a staple of mine, and many others, for as long as pasta salad has been around, so I’m sure it’s not new to you. But if it is, enjoy!
While you are at it, you’d better check out my tuna salad, potato salad, and coleslaw too. They, along with these Spicy Grilled Wings and my Perfect Grilled Asparagus are my most popular summertime bbq posts on the site!
Nothing goes better with a summer BBQ than a good assortment of cold pasta salads. This Italian pasta salad has a million different variations, is simple to throw together, and is always a crowd pleaser. Feel free to substitute your favorite toss-ins. These just happen to be mine. Some other good options would be roasted red peppers, cauliflower, Italian sausage, and fresh mozzarella cheese.
Boil a pound of pasta until al dente in salted water, and drain well. Rinse in cold water and set aside.
Combine crumbled feta, sliced black olives, mini pepperoni, and cut up broccoli in a bowl.
Pour your favorite brand of Italian dressing over them and stir well. I prefer Kraft Zesty Italian, but just about any will work!
Toss in the pasta and toss with some additional dressing. A great way to add a little more ZING without adding more dressing is to mix in a packet of dry Zesty Italian dressing mix. It gives you the flavor without all the fat.
Serve immediately, or refrigerate for a few hours before serving. If you don’t serve it immediately you may need to add additional dressing because the pasta tends to soak it up a bit.
- 1 pound Pasta
- 1 cup sliced black olives
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 cup chopped broccoli
- 1 cup mini pepperoni
- 1 packet dry Zesty Italian Dressing mix
- 1/2 bottle Zesty Italian Dressing
- Boil pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Combine other ingredients with pasta and mix well. Chill for 2-3 hours ideally.
- Add in extra dressing immediately before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298 Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 519mg Carbohydrates: 45g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Protein: 9g