Italian Pasta Salad

This quick and flavorful Italian pasta salad is filled with pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and basil is perfect for potlucks and parties!

This quick and flavorful Italian pasta salad is filled with pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and basil is perfect for potlucks and parties!

What’s a potluck or barbecue without a pasta salad? You almost can’t have one without the other. Pasta salads are great because they’re easy, can be made ahead of time, and feed a crowd. But not all pasta salads are created equal, however. I’ve had my fair share of bland soggy noddles and vegetables and it’s always so disappointing when a pasta salad doesn’t live up to it’s eye appeal.

Thankfully, this Italian pasta salad is anything but disappointing! There’s so much going on here— mini pepperoni, veggies like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, and both fresh mozzarella and grated Parmesan. Toss it all in a crazy simple homemade Italian dressing, add some chopped basil, and you have a pasta salad that is loaded up with flavor and texture. Put it out on the buffet table and watch it disappear!