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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!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz dried rotini pasta
  • 6 oz mini pepperoni
  • 1 small red bell pepper , chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion , chopped
  • 4 oz can sliced olives , drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 1/2 cucumber , sliced
  • 8 oz mini mozzerella balls , halved
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Italian-style dressing (below)
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves , chopped

Italian dressing:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large pot filled with salted boiling water, cook pasta until just past "al dente".
  • Meanwhile, prepare the Italian dressing. Add all ingredients to a jar with a lid and secure. Shake until combined. Re-shake as needed before using.
  • When pasta is done, drain well but do not rinse.
  • Toss 1/3 cup of the Italian dressing with the pasta and spread out on a sheet pan to cool.
  • To assemble pasta salad, combine pasta with the rest of the ingredients and remaining Italian dressing.
  • Chill in the fridge for 4 hours before serving, and up to 1 day.
  • Let pasta salad sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Leftovers should be stored in the fridge and consumed within several days.
Adapted from All Recipes.

Nutrition

Calories: 663kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 1315mg, Potassium: 326mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 959IU, Vitamin C: 25mg, Calcium: 252mg, Iron: 2mg
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