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Classic Pasta Salad

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"Pasta and vegetables with some pepperoni thrown in."

Serves 24 | Prep Time 25 mins | Cook Time

Why I Love This Recipe

A refreshing type of salad that is great for picnics. We usually have this at our family picnics.

Ingredients You'll Need

24 oz ten-color rotini pasta uncooked
1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
12 oz sliced pepperoni
1 red onion diced
1 green bell pepper diced
16 oz mozzarella cheese cubed
1 cup parmesan cheese grated
8 oz olives sliced
1 and 1/2 cups olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente pasta. Drain and rinse with cold water until pasta is room temperature. Place pasta in a large bowl

Add cherry tomatoes, pepperoni, onion, bell pepper, mozzarella, parmesan, and olives to the bowl. Set aside

In a separate bowl, add olive oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine

Pour vinaigrette over pasta salad, then toss to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Pasta salad will keep for 3-4 days, refrigerated in a sealed container. Pasta WILL continue to soak up the dressing the longer it sits, so it may need a splash of olive oil and vinegar if it has been sitting for several days

Pairs Well With

A sandwich or any main dish really.

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