This creamy pasta salad recipe has quickly become a family favorite! It is one of the easiest recipes to make and the flavor is amazing! Simply cook the pasta and toss in a few basic ingredients and you’re ready to go.
Easy Italian Pasta Salad
This creamy pasta salad has been making its presence known in my house for probably 10 years or so. I make it for every summer BBQ and probably serve it as a side dish for a casual weeknight dinner probably once a month. It is so dang delicious that my kids are constantly asking me to make it!
Just like any pasta salad recipe, this one is easy to prepare and you can throw in whatever ingredients you love or have on hand! What I love most about this recipe is that you are free to customize it any way you want and it will always turn great. My husband loves it when I add extra meat and cheese to mix while I prefer it with more tomatoes, olives and other vegetables.
How To Make Pasta Salad
Now that you’ve seen just how easy this recipe is to make, grab your mixing bowl and get ready to make a batch of your own! I have also included a quick video showing just how simple and easy it is to make this recipe.
Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe
- Pasta - I like the color and texture of Rotini pasta but you can use whatever you'd like!
- Zesty Italian Dressing
- Creamy Caesar Dressing
- sliced olives
- diced tomatoes
- meat - shredded chicken sliced lunch meat, pepperoni/salami etc.
- shredded Cheddar cheese
- shredded Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions and let it cool completely! (I usually rinse it under cold water.)
Add the cooled pasta to a big salad bowl, then mix in equal parts of the Italian and Caesar dressings. Add as much or as little as you'd like! Mix well.
Add your desired meats and veggies then mix well. Taste your pasta and add more dressing if you need to.
Lastly, add your shredded cheese.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until you're ready!
You'll notice I'm not adding any measurements to this ingredient list, and that's simply because you should adapt this to your liking! Do you like your pasta salad full of veggies? Add a ton! Do you want your noodles extra wet? Add more dressing! This pasta salad aims to please!
What Are Other Easy Pasta Salad Recipes?
If you loved this easy recipe, here are a few other easy salad recipes to try.
What Main Dishes Go Well With Pasta Salad?
This easy salad recipe is a perfect for your next BBQ. Here are a few of our favorite BBQ recipes your guests will be sure to enjoy with their salad!
- Fall Off The Bone Ribs
- Chilean Style Hot Dogs
- BBQ Cranberry Chicken Recipe
- Grilled Chicken Fajita Skewers
- Grilled Pesto Shrimp Recipe
This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in May of 2013.