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Easy Pasta Salad Recipe With Italian Dressing

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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 pasta salad recipe with caesar and italian dressing

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.

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Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe

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Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe

This creamy pasta salad recipe has quickly become a family favorite! It is one of the easiest pasta salad 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.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 Large Bowl
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and let it cool completely! (I usually rinse it under cold water.)
  2. 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.
  3. Add your desired meats and veggies then mix well. Taste your pasta and add more dressing if you need to.
  4. Lastly, add your shredded cheese.
  5. Serve immediately or refrigerate until you're ready!

Recipe Notes

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 pasta salad recipes to try.

What Main Dishes Go Well With Pasta Salad?

This easy pasta 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!

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Enjoy!

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in May of 2013. 

This creamy pasta salad is a family favorite! It is simple to toss together and the flavor is amazing!

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