Mom’s Traditional Pasta Salad

If you need a delicious pasta salad, I have the recipe for you! It only takes a few minutes to throw together and EVERYONE will love it!

 This is by far my favorite summer side dish! Growing up my Dad didn’t like it very much so my Mom would usually only make it when he went out of town. Now being married… my husband loves it so we have it a lot! It really is so easy and goes with almost anything! I also love that it makes A LOT so I usually bring this side dish to pot lucks!

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Serves: 8

Mom's Traditional Pasta Salad

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 12 oz Rotini Tri Colored Pasta
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1 sliced cucumber
  • 1 can of sliced black olives
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small can of mushrooms
  • 1 small package pepperoni (cut into quarters, or you can use the new mini pepperoni)
  • 8 oz block of marbled cheddar, cut into cubes (any cheese will work)
  • 1 red onion (diced)
  • 16 ounces Italian Dressing (any brand works great)


  1. Cook the pasta as it directs on the package. Pour cooked pasta into a large bowl. Then add red and green peppers, cucumber, sliced olives, tomatoes, mushrooms, pepperoni, cheese cubes, and onion.
  2. Pour Italian dressing on salad (you can use fat-free or low-fat if you want). Mix well. Put salad in fridge for a couple of hours before serving. Stir again before serving. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top.



215 cal


16 g


8 g


7 g
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Related Recipe: Our Spaghetti Salad is the most popular pasta salad recipe and is always a crowd pleaser!  Get the recipe HERE.

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