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Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad

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Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad is a cold pasta salad recipe filled with pepperoni, cheese, vegetables and homemade Italian dressing. This zesty pepperoni pasta salad is perfect for potlucks, summer BBQs and large crowds!

Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad is a cold pasta salad recipe filled with pepperoni, cheese, vegetables and homemade Italian dressing. This zesty pepperoni pasta salad is perfect for potlucks, summer BBQs and large crowds!
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I love a good pasta salad for many reasons. First, it’s pasta. Come on. I am a carb-aholic and this Italian girl LOVES her pasta. Secondly, it feeds a crowd. Pepperoni Pasta Salad is one of my go to recipes for any party I host or potluck I attend. And lastly, pasta salad is so versatile.

You can virtually add any vegetable to a pasta salad. As well as any favorite dressing, meat or cheese. Some of my favorite pasta salad recipes you can find here are BLT Pasta Salad, Greek Pasta Salad, and the good old classic Macaroni Salad.

I adapted this best cold pasta salad from a recipe my mom shared with me. I like to also take full advantage of all the delicious vegetables we grow on our farm and use the best in-season produce available. This summer salad recipe definitely lives up to its name!

Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad is a cold pasta salad recipe filled with pepperoni, cheese, vegetables and homemade Italian dressing. This zesty pepperoni pasta salad is perfect for potlucks, summer BBQs and large crowds! This really is the best cold pasta salad recipe!

Ingredients for Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Rotini pasta (or your favorite shaped pasta)

Mini pepperoni

Cherry tomatoes, quartered

Green bell pepper

Sliced black olives

Parmesan cheese

Mozzarella cheese

How To Make The Best Pasta Salad

Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad is a cold pasta salad recipe filled with pepperoni, cheese, vegetables and homemade Italian dressing. This zesty pepperoni pasta salad is perfect for potlucks, summer BBQs and large crowds! This really is the best cold pasta salad recipe!

This recipe is a one-bowl wonder. Simply add all of the ingredients to a large bowl. I like to prepare the dressing in a mason jar or a recycled jar with a lid so I can shake it well.

Mix the pasta salad. You can either serve immediately or, cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Optional Add-Ins For this Easy Italian Pasta Salad

You can substitute salami for the pepperoni if you don’t like the taste.

Sweet Onion

Red Pepper

Cucumber

Celery

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Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad is a cold pasta salad recipe filled with pepperoni, cheese, vegetables and homemade Italian dressing. This zesty pepperoni pasta salad is perfect for potlucks, summer BBQs and large crowds!
Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad is a cold pasta salad recipe filled with pepperoni, cheese, vegetables and homemade Italian dressing. This zesty pepperoni pasta salad is perfect for potlucks, summer BBQs and large crowds! This really is the best cold pasta salad recipe!

Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad is a cold pasta salad recipe filled with pepperoni, cheese, vegetables and homemade Italian dressing. This zesty pepperoni pasta salad is perfect for potlucks, summer BBQs and large crowds!

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) box rotini pasta
  • 1 (5 ounce) package mini pepperoni
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 (3.8 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • For the dressing:
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well.
  2. In a mason jar, mix the ingredients for the salsa and shake well.
  3. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate overnight.

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