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Italian Pasta Salad

This zesty Italian pasta salad recipe combines vegetables and pasta in a creamy dressing. Refreshing and filling, this change-of-pace salad is perfect as a side dish. It's always popular at a potluck. —Tina Dierking, Skowhegan, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup cubed provolone cheese
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl; add the tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions and salad dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight; drain.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese; stir in the provolone cheese and olives. Gently fold into the pasta mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 371 calories, 30g fat (6g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Janadele
    Jul 31, 2016

    Easy and delicious.

  • grandma3d
    Jun 16, 2016

    @dawnrosanne You may already know this but, Provolone cheese is actually Mozzarella cheese that has been cured in a brine solution. So you did good.

  • sd20
    Jun 13, 2013

    I omitted the mushrooms and onions (personal choice) and added more pasta. Used Olive Garden Dressing. We really liked it and will make again. :-)

  • ghammang
    Oct 15, 2012

    Excellent..will definitely make again!

  • allenfive
    Aug 21, 2012

    This is an excellent pasta salad. I didn't have any provolone cheese on had so I used mozarella . I don't know how using provolone could have made it any better!

  • audreyjerrilynn
    Apr 6, 2012

    No comment left

  • dawnrosanne
    Mar 17, 2012

    This is dawnrosanne again...I forgot to add that I could not find a block of provolone cheese in the store, so I used mozarella cheese, and instead of 1/3 cup, I think I put in 1 cup of cubed mozarella.

  • dawnrosanne
    Mar 17, 2012

    Wonderful! Took this to a party and everyone loved it. I added mini-pepperonis to it. I also followed others' suggestions and instead of just 1 cup of pasta, used two. Great zippy flavor. Important to get "Zesty Italian dressing" (not regular Italian). YUM!!

  • sherig111
    Jun 22, 2011

    Great recipe! I took this to our father's day BBQ and it was a big hit! The only thing I did different was double the recipe because a single wouldn't make enough for a crowd.

  • cherylpulver
    Jul 8, 2010

    As delicious as it looks! Everyone loved it! Used whole jarred mushrooms cut in half instead of fresh.