Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

| May 17, 2019 | 16 Comments

Savoury Italian Pasta Salad

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!

Let’s talk Italian dressing for a minute. If you’ve never tried zesty Italian 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 Tips

Here’s another quick tip. 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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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
Italian Pasta Salad

Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta Salad recipe

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: pasta, pasta salad
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Following the directions on the back of the spaghetti box, cook pasta, drain and cool
  2. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chopped ham, cherry tomatoes, onion, black olives and Italian dressing
  3. Serve cold and enjoy

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Category: Appetizers, Food, Friday Food Frenzy, Main Dish, Recipes, Weekly Themes

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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.

Comments (16)

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  1. Pasta salads are one of my favorite foods on the planet. This one sounds particularly delicious.

  2. krisha4444 says:

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

  3. Erin N says:

    This recipe looks sooo good! Pasta salad is one of my favourites.

  4. Ron says:

    This would be perfect for summer parties. I would love to use green olives too.

  5. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    Thanks Love olives in a salad

  6. JoKing says:

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

  7. Shirley says:

    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

  8. micheline says:

    Looks really good, I love to put black olives in all my salads.

  9. Emily says:

    My oh my! This looks and sounds scrumptiously delicious!

  10. cottagebunny says:

    I love pasta salads and will enjoy trying this delicious recipe. Thank you.

  11. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    Looks great and no long list, will try this

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