Easy Antipasto Pasta Salad

Crowd-pleasing Italian antipasto pasta salad is so quick and simple, making it perfect for a cold side dish for your next gathering.

 

I love making this delicious cold pasta salad any time of the year, for any occasion, but especially in the summer months. It is a versatile side dish that everyone loves.


 

This Italian Antipasto Salad can easily be doubled for a large gathering and is great for serving a crowd.

 

Loaded with your favorite medium-length pasta, mozzarella, pepperoni, tomatoes, black olives, and Italian dressing, this amazing salad is a meal all by itself.

 

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Italian Pasta Antipasto Salad

 

If you enjoy the flavors of a traditional Italian antipasto, you’ll want to check out my antipasto platter. I’ll show you how easy it is to put together a super Italian style charcuterie and cheese board that you’ll be proud to serve to your guests.

 

Antipasto Pasta Salad

 

Ingredients:

 

12 oz tri-color rotini pasta uncooked

8 oz mozzarella cheese cubed

1 pint grape tomatoes halved

6 oz pepperoni quartered

1 cup black olives halved

1 cup Italian dressing

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried parsley

Salt & pepper

 

I love to simplify things so I use a pre-made Italian dressing. Of course, feel free to use your tried and true homemade oil and vinegar dressing. I have done that many times, as well. But to keep things quick and easy, your favorite brand of Italian salad dressing will work just fine.

 

Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package.

 

While pasta is cooking, cube the mozzarella, quarter to the pepperoni, and slice the tomatoes and olives in half.

 

When pasta is cooked, drain in a colander and run cold water over the pasta to cool.

 

Italian Antipasto Salad

 

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until well blended.

 

Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

Change It Up

 

This is a perfect salad to add whatever items you have on hand. Have pepperoncini on hand? Toss ’em in. Have some marinated artichokes available? Those are a great addition. Prefer green olives over black olives? Swap ’em out.

 

You get the idea – make this work for you!

 

This versatile Italian pasta antipasto salad is a well-balanced side dish or meal idea for any occasion.

 

 

antipasto pasta salad

 

Did you try this cold pasta salad? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

Happy Eating!

 

Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Quick, easy, and satisfying Italian style cold pasta salad.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz tri-color pasta uncooked
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese cubed
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 6 oz pepperoni quartered
  • 1 cup black olives halved
  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package.
  • While pasta is cooking, cube the mozzarella, quarter to the pepperoni, and slice the tomatoes and olives in half.
  • When pasta is cooked, drain; run cold water over pasta to cool.
  • In large bowl, mix all ingredients together until well blended.
  • Keep in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Keyword antipasto, cold pasta salad, pasta, salad, side dish

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