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Pasta Salad With Italian Dressing


  • Author: Jo & Bart
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

We love pasta salad with italian dressing. You can easily make it your own depending on what you have at home. Be sure to make enough Italian dressing, the secret of the recipe lies in it.


Ingredients

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Pasta Salad

  • 1.1 lb dried pasta shapes - (I use fusilli for this recipe)
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes - sliced in half - I like to use rainbow tomatoes, but you can use regular
  • 10 1/2 oz mini mozzarella balls/pearls - sliced in half
  • 4 baby cucumbers - or 1 regular cucumber, sliced
  • 1 large red onion - peeled and sliced
  • 1 large bunch fresh parsley - chopped

Italian Style Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic - peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and run under cold water to cool and prevent sticking.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the Italian dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients until smooth.
  3. Transfer the cooked pasta to a large salad bowl. Add tomatoes, mozzarella, cucumber, red onion and parsley.
  4. Drizzle with half the dressing and toss to combine.
  5. Serve pasta salad with remaining dressing.

Notes

Chill Before Serving: Allow the pasta salad to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. This will let the flavors meld together and make it a refreshing dish on a hot day.

Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best taste. Ripe, juicy tomatoes and fresh mozzarella make a significant difference in the salad's overall taste.

Customization: Feel free to customize the dressing by adding your favorite herbs, such as basil or oregano, or experimenting with different types of vinegar or lemon juice for a tangier taste.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: cold dish, pasta
  • Cuisine: italian, european

Keywords: picnic, summer salad, pasta salad, italian dressing