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Italian Pasta Salad - A Quick, Easy and Refreshing Side Dish

A quick, easy, and refreshing side dish that is perfect for any crowd, any time of the year!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12


  • 1 box fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 1 medium cucumber diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small sweet red pepper diced
  • 1/2 bottle Zesty Italian dressing

Homemade dressing (optional)

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP. red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 TBSP fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Cook pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Immediately drain and run cold water over the pasta to stop the cooking process. Set aside
  • While the pasta is cooking cut up vegetables and set aside.
  • Prepare homemade dressing (if using) by placing all the ingredients into a mason jar. Add the lid and shake well to combine.
  • Add cooked and cooled pasta to a large serving bowl. Add vegetables and dressing and mix well.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours for best results. Prior to serving stir well.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
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