Italian Pasta Salad

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Messy44

Great for summer parties. This makes a huge big bowl so cut the recipe in half to serve fewer. Very easy to prepare ahead and pull out at the last minute. The pasta will absorb the dressing, so prepare all the ingredients and store them in separate small bags until 30 minutes before serving time. Then, just pull it out, toss it all together and serve. This is the signature dish from a gourmet deli and catering company where I worked briefly during college. :)

Top Review by KitchenQuartz

This was so good!! And when it says "huge bowl" it means it! I was going to a big family reunion type bar-b-q so I made the whole recipe, thinking that it'd fill up my biggest bowl......and it filled both my largest and my second largest bowls! But WOW good! Good thing I have another family thing to go to in a few days, I can get the second bowl eaten, it's just me and my husband here, so there's no way we'd eat that much on our own, awesome recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Slice onions, celery and carrots into bite sized pieces. Cut up broccoli and cauliflower into bite sized pieces, discarding stems.
  3. Mix dressing ingredients together. Set aside and do not chill dressing.
  4. Chill salad ingredients (except dressing) in refrigerator in separate plastic bags until 1/2 hour before serving time.
  5. One half hour before serving time, combine vegetables, olives, salami, cheese and pasta together in very large bowl. Drizzle dressing over all, toss to coat. Chill.
  6. If you like more dressing on your salad, you may want to up the dressing by 1/2 or double it.

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