Best Potluck Pasta Salad

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a very good salad for a potluck, serves 16-18 as a side dish and can be made ahead of time; 12 to 24 hours. Chill time not included.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. Rince with cold water; drain again.
  3. In a large bowl combine, pasta, squash, peas, sweet pepper, cheese, olives tomatoes, onion, and oregano.
  4. Add dressing to pasta mixture; toss gently to coat.
  5. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
Most Helpful

Delicious!!! I used orzo pasta (because it give a great creamy texture), both the squash and zucchini, frozen peas only (no corn), red pepper (finely diced rather than strips), no olives, red onion (finely diced), sharp cheddar cheese cubes (each cube sliced in half), fresh organic basil from a tube--it was so fragrant!! (the basil from a tube at my local supermarket:, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette (not bottled) to cut down on the salt content (used this recipe: What a wonderful non-mayo based pasta salad!! I highly recommend this recipe! :)

WiseFoodie August 20, 2011

I got nothing but raves about this pasta salad - thank you for sharing your recipe..... s.turner

sue from Canton June 25, 2004