Italian Pasta Salad Recipe – Loaded with all your Italian favorites, like pepperoni, ham, tomatoes, spinach and cheese, this is the perfect pasta salad for any cookout, picnic or light summer meal.
Nothing says delicious and convenient like a fast, fresh and easy pasta salad.
Hey Hey! Happy TGIF! Let’s put carbs back in our rotation, please, and let it all start with this amazing concoction of pasta with pepperoni and cheese and tomatoes and et al.
There are endless ways to make a pasta salad, and if you’re anything like me, you try to create a more nutritious pasta meal by adding good-for-you ingredients and sneaking in leafy greens. And no creamy dressings. A light Italian Dressing is all we need here.
But, staying real for a moment. I am in the camp of believing that nothing says quick, convenient, and all the while delicious, like a fast, fresh and easy pasta salad. And with so many variations, it’s a foolproof main dish or side dish to bring to the table, to any backyard barbecue or to a potluck.
Also, since big salads are meant to be shared, call the neighbors over, have a pool party and ENJOY!
Italian Pasta Salad
- 10 to 12 ounces medium sized pasta shells
- 10 slices honey deli ham, cut into strips
- 1 cup pepperoni
- 6 ounces fresh baby spinach, rinsed and dried
- 1 pint grape tomatoes
- 1 cup cubed part skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup Italian Salad Dressing
Cook the pasta shells according to the directions on the package.
Drain the pasta shells and run under cold water until completely cooled; pat dry with paper towels.
Combine pasta, ham, pepperoni, spinach, tomatoes and cheese in a large salad bowl.
Gently toss salad with Italian dressing.
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