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A white bowl full of Pasta Salad with a large wooden spoon in it.
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4.88 from 8 votes

Easy Classic Pasta Salad

Classic cold Italian Pasta Salad with a homemade Italian dressing is the perfect potluck or summer side dish. It's easy to make and everyone always loves it!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Salad
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 503kcal



  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 8 ounces fresh mini mozzarella cheese balls halved
  • 1/2 - 1 cup sliced olives
  • 1 cup mini pepperonis
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncinis roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red onion diced

Italian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water until pasta is cooled.
  • In a large mixing bowl, make your dressing by whisking together olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, sugar, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.
  • Add cooked pasta in with the Italian dressing. Toss with tomatoes, mozzarella, olives, mini pepperonis, pepperoncinis and onion.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.



Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 20.6mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1.7mg