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Italian pasta salad recipe

Italian pasta salad recipe

An easy, healthy Italian pasta salad recipe that can be served as a main course for a vegetarian meal or as a picnic, potluck, or suppertime side dish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 1 hr 27 mins
Servings 4 large servings


  • 8 ounces Rotini pasta
  • 2 cups Cherry tomatoes Washed, halved, stems removed
  • 10 olives Pitted black olives Slice in half
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh basil leaves Chop
  • 1 tablespoon Hellman's olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar Use more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • 1/2 small onion Small onion Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Diced


  • Boil a pot of water and cook rotini according to package directions. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
  • Slice the cherry tomatoes and olives in half and add to the pasta.
  • Peel and dice onion and garlic. Add to the pasta.
  • Mix mayo, olive oil, and vinegar in a bowl, whisking it together. Pour over the pasta and mix. Add Mrs. Dash seasoning and mix.
  • Clean the basil leaves and remove from the stem. Roll them into a log, then slice the log into small sections. This creates pretty ribbons of basil. Add to the pasta and mix it together.
  • Pour the mixed pasta into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate at least an hour to chill and marinade the flavors. Keep refrigerated and refrigerate any leftovers.