Quick Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

This quick Italian pasta salad makes a great meal for lunch or dinner. You can make this pasta salad with ham ahead of time and serve at a picnic or family gathering.

There are zillions of pasta salad recipes at your disposal. It’s kind of like meatloaf, everyone makes it different. This particular recipe, which you can throw together in no time at all, is a classic… fit for any type of gathering or a simple family dinner. Many pasta salad lovers prefer to prepare their favourite recipe a day ahead of time and let the flavours “marry” in the refrigerator. Of course, it’s totally up to you!

Italian Pasta Salad Dressing

Let’s talk pasta salad Italian dressing for a minute. If you’ve never tried zesty Italian salad dressing in your pasta, I highly recommend it. It gives everything a little extra zip of flavour that I’m sure your taste buds will appreciate.

Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
Italian Pasta Salad

Quick Pasta Salad Tips

1. If chopping onions makes you cry, try this. Cut a peeled the onion in half and run each piece under cold water for approximately 30 seconds. I can almost guarantee no more tears!

2. Pasta salad ingredient options are almost endless. Possibilities include green olives, raw broccoli, pepperoni, banana peppers, your favourite cheese… honestly; the list goes on and on.

3. If you do add extra ingredients, you’ll probably need to add more Italian dressing to ensure the entire salad is completely coated in yummy goodness. There’s nothing worse than dry pasta!

4. Italian pasta salad with spaghetti: Always make sure to rinse your spaghetti thoroughly in cold water before you start making the salad. Avoiding this step means you’ll end up with gummy, starchy noodles and you certainly don’t want that. While we’re on the subject, the simplest way to tell whether or not your pasta is cooked properly is to eat a couple of pieces and go from there.

5. Obviously, if you don’t want to take a trip to the store for cherry tomatoes, any ripe tomatoes will do the trick. Dice them as small or as large as you wish. Easy-peasy!

What goes with a pasta salad

If you are looking for side dishes to serve with your pasta salad, you can try:

  1. Cheesy Garlic Bread Loaf Recipe
  2. How to Make Crostini
  3. Easy Bruschetta Recipe
  4. Garlic Rosemary Herb Focaccia
  5. Italian Pizza Bites
Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients for Italian Pasta Salad

  • 1 box of spaghetti noodles, cooked
  • 1 cup of chopped honey ham lunch meat
  • 1 cup of Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 can of whole black olives
  • 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella balls (ciliegine)

How to Make Pasta Salad

  • Following the directions on the back of the spaghetti box, cook pasta, drain and cool
  • In a large bowl, combine pasta, chopped ham, cherry tomatoes, onion, black olives and Italian dressing
  • Serve cold and enjoy
Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Quick Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Lyne
This quick Italian pasta salad makes a great meal for lunch or dinner. You can make this pasta salad with ham ahead of time.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 6
Calories 663 kcal

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box spaghetti noodles cooked
  • 1 cup of chopped honey ham lunch meat
  • 1 cup of Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 can whole black olives
  • 8 oz small fresh mozzarella balls (ciliegine)

Instructions
 

  • Following the directions on the back of the spaghetti box, cook pasta, drain and cool
  • In a large bowl, combine pasta, chopped ham, cherry tomatoes, onion, black olives and Italian dressing
  • Serve cold and enjoy

Nutrition

Calories: 663kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 26gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 1901mgPotassium: 381mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 330IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 196mgIron: 2mg
Keyword BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad, Italian Pasta salad, pasta, pasta salad, quick pasta salad
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Lynehttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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Comments

  1. ooo that looks delicious!! a different way to have a salad. I am a big pasta fan so definitely wanna give this a try

  2. This makes me remember a family pasta salad. With chunks of meat and cheese, Always cubed small. It was always pretty and popular.

  3. This pasta salad looks so good I have not yet used the spaghetti noodles in a salad I will try this out next time I make a pasta salad

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