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Italian Pasta Salad

Easy Italian Pasta Salad Recipe – the perfect summer side dish that takes very little time and effort and is light and refreshing!

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In St. Louis, I’ve grown up loving all things Italian. It’s definitely my favorite! It’s even the first type of salad I finally came to enjoy in my mid-twenties.

I’ve integrated my favorite Italian Dressing and favorite Italian Salad into this easy, full of flavor Italian Pasta Salad recipe.

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Like all of my pasta salad recipes, it’s light – no heavy mayo here, just an incredible {and incredibly easy} red wine vinaigrette.

How to Make Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian Pasta Salad recipe is quick and easy, with just 15 minutes hands on time. I use quartered artichoke hearts, chopped pimentos and grated parmesan for easy shortcuts. Then just chop the red onion, boil the pasta and toss in Italian dressing! In summer I prefer to spend my time outdoors rather than in the kitchen!

italian pasta salad

Pasta Salad with Italian dressing is light and refreshing, unlike some pasta salads. It makes it the perfect summer side dish that goes with just about anything for your summer soirée.

how to make italian pasta salad

pasta salad with italian dressing

You can find all of my easy pasta salad recipes here including Seafood Pasta Salad, Light Pasta Salad, Mexican Pasta Salad and Lemon Basil Pasta Salad, but for now…

The Best Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Italian Pasta Salad

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 25 mins
Yields 10

Easy Italian Pasta Salad Recipe - the perfect summer side dish that takes very little time and effort and is light and refreshing!


  • 1 lb noodles {shown with rotini}
  • 2/3 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 14 oz can of artichoke hearts {not marinated}, drained well with stems removed
  • 1/2 c red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c diced pimentos, drained
  • 1/3 c grated parmesan


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and prepare noodles according to instructions. Drain and set aside.

Combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine noodles, artichoke hearts, red onion, pimentos and dressing. Toss with parmesan.

Serve or refrigerate.

Recipe Notes

You can mix this easy Italian Pasta Salad recipe up by adding your favorite ingredients or choosing your favorite shape of noodle.

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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



2 comments on “Italian Pasta Salad”

  1. Question…I know you like to grate your own cheese but on your Italian salad recipe from Rich and Charlie’s (or the Pasta House) you use the already grated parm. Which do you use in this recipe? Thanks!

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