Easy Italian Pasta Salad is the perfect cold salad to bring to any BBQ, potluck or summer backyard party. The very best quick, easy and delicious side dish.
Well my friends, summer is officially here and I am chowing down on a bowl of my Easy Italian Pasta Salad. Ok, I lied … I’m on my second bowl … judgement is not necessary!
As I look out the windows from my air conditioned world, I can tell you that our temperatures outside are reaching 98 degrees on an almost daily basis, the humidity index is the equivalent of a YMCA sauna and right now it is 3:00 in the afternoon and here in Florida you can set your watch by the time the thunderstorms start every day. Sounds delightful doesn’t it?
For you amazing people who do not have the life sentence …er…. privilege of living in an area that is plagued by daily extreme heat and humidity topped off with thunderstorms, bugs and a biblical infestation of frogs (they like rain!), let me give you the tour. The only good thing that This Girl likes about summertime is all of the amazing barbecues, pool parties and picnics that go on and let’s not forget about grilling up dinner by the pool.
It’s not a perfect life but at least we have good food!
Now that we are talking the good stuff, what better way to enjoy summer time then with an amazing Easy Italian Pasta Salad? Yes, I know, not all problems can be solved with food… but I have yet to find one that doesn’t at least get a little bit better with something tasty to nosh on. This Easy Italian Pasta Salad is one that you will not be able to keep your fork out of. If you have been a follower of this blog, you know that my husband is my foodie taste tester. He was somewhat dubious that his wife could make a pasta salad that HE would like.
Oh ye of little faith!!
I came, I saw, I conquered!! Then he tried this brand new recipe and then let’s just say that my pasta bowl was empty within the next 24 hours. Yes, he killed this recipe like only a champ could! But that’s ok, that just shows you how good this Easy Italian Pasta Salad is. My inspiration for this recipe was a pasta salad I had many years ago at a friends house for a summer afternoon party. Back then, I was in my twenties and I was more interested in drinks and socializing and not so much in the food that was served. But I did try the pasta salad and it was so good.. simple.. but it stayed with me after all those years. It wasn’t fancy, just pasta with red onions, olives, feta cheese and Italian dressing but it was delicious and remember I even had two servings that day. Now, it’s my turn to put my spin on that simple recipe from so many summers gone by.
This Easy Italian Pasta Salad is ideal for taking to picnics, barbecues, or just a tasty side to grilling chicken or shrimp on the grill. There is nothing us Floridians like less than having to turn on the oven when it’s 147000 degrees outside so just throw this pasta salad together, stash it in the fridge and you have an amazing side dish to go with your outdoor eating activities. Trust me on this one, your family is going to love this!
Now if only there was something as easy to get rid of the frogs! …
Happiness and Blessings!
Easy Italian Pasta Salad is the perfect cold salad to bring to any BBQ, potluck or summer backyard party. The very best quick, easy and delicious side dish. | Pack Momma | www.packmomma.com
- 12 oz Tri-color rotini pasta
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half
- 5.5 oz sliced olives
- 6 oz sliced hard salami or summer sausage chunked or diced
- 6 oz crumbled goat or feta cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup Italian dressing
- Squeeze of lemon
- Sprinkle of Italian parsley for garnish optional
Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to boil
Add pasta to boiling water and cook to package instructions.
When cooked, drain pasta and rinse with cold water until pasta has cooled
Transfer pasta to large mixing bowl and mix well with all other ingredients, cover and place in refrigerator.
You may want to add a bit more dressing and another squeeze of lemon immediately before serving
I usually make this the day before I actually need it, I think it tastes better the next day 🙂