Ultimate Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Ultimate Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

20 mins prep + 15 mins cook
8 servings
Zesty and easy Italian pasta salad with cheese, salami, antipasti and an easy homemade dressing!


  • 1/2 to 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 6 cocktail cucumbers, or 1 English cucumber
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion, or 2 shallots
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive medley, green, kalamata or black
  • 1 cup feta cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped dry salami
  • 1/4 cup sliced pepperchinis
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • small bunch fresh basil

For Lemon Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried or fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: dried basil, dried oregano, black pepper


Preparing the Pasta:

  • Begin by preparing the pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the rotini pasta, or your desired pasta shape. Cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Once done, drain the pasta and keep it covered and warm on the side.

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