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The Best Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe

The absolute BEST Creamy Pasta Salad loaded with veggies and tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing. This is the perfect pasta salad for parties and potlucks! It feeds a crowd!
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy pasta, pasta, pasta salad, pasta side dish
Servings: 10
Calories: 304kcal


  • colander
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • small bowl


  • 16 ounces ditalini pasta (or whatever pasta you have on hand). 1 package
  • 1 cup broccoli florets chopped
  • ½ red onion minced
  • 1 red bell pepper minced
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 3.8 ounces sliced olives 1 can, drained
  • 1 cup Colby Jack Cheese cubed


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Rinse well with cold water until pasta is cold.
  • Place cooked and cooled pasta in a large mixing or serving bowl.
  • Mix in broccoli florets, red onion, red bell pepper, cucumber, sliced olives and cheese.
  • Whisk together all dressing ingredients and pour over pasta and other ingredients.
  • Gently fold in dressing until all ingredients are evenly coated.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 538mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 641IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1mg