Easy Pasta Salad


When a quick salad is needed to go with whatever is on the grill, pasta salad is an easy choice. I typically use whatever fresh vegetables happen to be on hand plus cheese and meat according to preference or mood of the day. I have found this to be a good venue for whole grain pasta, since the use of a dressing makes it hard for those “picky eaters” to distinguish between the “white stuff” and whole grain.

This time I used tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, yellow bell pepper, green onions, salami and mild brick cheese with rotini pasta.

My dressing solution is super-simple. Basically, use some Italian salad dressing, mixed with a little bit of mayo. The mayo thickens the dressing slightly so it sticks to the ingredients.

Mix it all together and you have yourself a salad!

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5 from 1 vote

Easy Pasta Salad

Fast and Flexible!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 166kcal


  • 1-1½ cup rotini pasta whole grain
  • 10 baby carrots cut up
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ yellow bell pepper chopped
  • ½ English cucumber chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 5 slices salami chopped (about 1 ounce)
  • ¾ cup shredded mild cheese I used brick
  • ¼ cup Italian salad dressing I use Newmann’s Own
  • 1 TB mayonnaise


  • Cook pasta until al dente (my brand called for boiling 8-10 minutes, I did 8) then rinse and immerse in ice water to cool down. Drain.
  • Cook the carrots by immersing in water and microwaving 2-3 minutes. Drain and cool.
  • Chop all other vegetables and the salami. Shred the cheese.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the salad dressing with the mayo until smooth.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate before serving. Salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2665IU | Vitamin C: 23.1mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 0.6mg


2 thoughts on “Easy Pasta Salad

  1. 5 stars
    Nothing better in the summer with grilled food than a delicious pasta salad and this one sounds wonderful

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