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Easy Italian Pasta Salad

This is the best (and easiest) pasta salad recipe you will ever find! It's loaded with fresh veggies, salami and all tossed in a tangy red wine vinaigrette!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Pot Luck
Keyword: dressing, easy, homemade, Italian, pasta salad, vinaigrette
Servings: 6 people
Author: Caitlin


For the salad:

  • 1 box tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1 9oz package of hard salami, cut into cubes*
  • grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 6oz can sliced black olives
  • ½ red onion, cut into thin slices
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup extra light tasting olive oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


To make the dressing:

  • In a small bowl or jar, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and set it aside.

To make the salad:

  • Cook the pasta according to it's package. Set it aside to cool. (This can be done a day in advance if needed.)
  • Once the pasta has cooled, pour it into a bowl and add the salami, tomatoes, olives, red onion and parmesan cheese. Pour your dressing over the top and toss the salad until it;s fully coated.
  • Store the salad in the fridge until your ready to eat. (This pasta salad is best served cold.)


*I used Genoa salami and hot Italian salami for this recipe.
I always use extra light tasting olive oil for most of my salad dressings but extra virgin olive oil will also work too.
This salad should last for 1 week if stored in the fridge.