Easy Cold Pasta Salad

Easy Cold Pasta Salad

25 Reviews 8 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    2 h 30 m
Minnie K
Recipe by  Minnie K

“Great for brunch, luncheons, or whatever. Easy and quick to make. I find that this salad is always popular at get-togethers and usually disappears rather quickly...”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 8 servings

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the rotini, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and cool by running cold water over the pasta in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Combine cooked and cooled pasta with the cucumbers, onion, tomatoes, and olives in a large bowl. Pour the Italian dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

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Reviews (25)

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jmbpiano
156

jmbpiano

I don't normally like pasta salad, but after a couple of modifications this was quite pleasant. I took jennifermorse's suggestion of crumbling in some feta, but I'm not a big fan of red onions, so I added about 1.5T of fresh chives instead. Because of the intensity of the chives and feta flavors, I also cut the quantity of Italian salad dressing in half and added just a touch of olive oil. I also substituted penne for the rotini since it was on sale this week, but I'm not sure how much that actually affected the flavor/texture.

jennifermorse
112

jennifermorse

I love this recipe and have made it for years! I add a little bit of red onion and feta cheese to make it a little more "Greek."

Jillian
80

Jillian

"Easy" and delicious! This is a very simple salad that comes together quickly but tastes wonderful. It's a great base to throw in whatever you want to make it you own. I used tri-colored pasta and red onion. I also threw in some chopped fresh spinach and roasted red pepper along with some shredded Parmesan cheese. For the dressing I used "Nonna's Tuscan Salad Dressing" from this site. Definitely chill for a couple hours before serving.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 297 cal
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 10.6 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs
  • 43.9 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 7.2 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 608 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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