An Italian Pasta Salad makes a delicious addition to any meal. What makes this one special? It has artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes and is hearty enough to be a complete meal!
If you have been around for awhile, you know that I love meals that help keep my kitchen cool during the hot summer months. This Italian Pasta Salad recipe does just that!
The secret? Make it the night before and when dinner time comes, it is cool and refreshing!
So, if you are looking for an easy summer meal or anytime pasta salad, this recipe is for you! It is definitely a hit with my family and is a quick crowd pleaser if you are entertaining.
And, if you are looking for other cool and refreshing salad recipes, be sure to check out:
- Zesty Simple Pasta Salad Recipe
- Black Eyed Pea Salad
- Easy Quinoa Salad
- Tuna and Pea Salad
- Feta Salad with Toasted Pecans and Raisins
Italian Pasta Salad Video
Watch and see for yourself how easy this pasta salad is to whip together.
This is the carved wooden salad bowl you see in the video and it is a great way to serve salads and other sides.
Tips for Making Italian Pasta Salad
- Store-bought Italian dressing can be used in place of the homemade for added ease.
- Black olives can be substituted in place of the green olives.
Italian Pasta Salad Step by Step
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and place in bowl. Photo 1
- In a large bowl, mix tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, cheese and basil. Photo 2 – 4
- Combine together the vinegar, salt and olive oil. Mix well and add to pasta.
- Chill before serving. If desired, garnish with additional mozzarella cheese and basil. Photo 5-6
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Cool and refreshing, this pasta salad is hearty enough for a main course.
- 1 lb pasta tri-colored fusilli or rotini work well
- 1 c sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 bunch basil, fresh
- 1 c green olives halved
- 14 oz artichoke heart quarters drained
- 1 c mozzarella cheese shredded
- 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 c mozzarella cheese opt. for garnish
Cook pasta according to package directions - Drain, rinse with cold water and place in a large bowl.
Add to pasta bowl, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, cheese and basil.
Combine together the vinegar, salt and olive oil. Mix well and add to pasta.
Chill before serving. Garnish with additional cheese and basil.