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Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

A homemade Italian pasta salad dressing takes this simple pasta salad loaded with veggies, cheese, pepperoni, and olives to a whole new level! Serve it right away or make it ahead for packed lunches, picnics, or summer barbecues.
Looking for a crowd-pleasing pasta salad recipe that everyone will love? You've come to the right place! Plus, this simple recipe comes with a homemade pasta salad dressing that makes the dish impossible to resist.
Boil rotini in lightly salted water for 9 to 10 minutes. Drain, rinse in cold water, then drain again. Transfer the cooked pasta to a large bowl. Toss with pepperoni, provolone cheese, red onion, cucumber, bell peppers, olives, parsley, and Parmesan cheese.
Mix olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, ground mustard, salt, and pepper in a jar with a lid. Tightly seal the jar, then shake until combined.
Pour the dressing into the bowl with the pasta salad. Toss until well combined. You can serve immediately, but we recommend allowing the pasta salad to chill in the fridge for about eight hours before serving. This will give the flavors time to meld.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Pasta Salad:

  • 1 8 ounce package uncooked tri-color rotini pasta
  • 6 ounces pepperoni sausage diced
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese cubed
  • 1 medium red onion very thinly sliced and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small cucumber thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 6 ounce can pitted black olives, drained
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Dressing:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ? teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rotini and cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again.
  • Transfer drained, cooked pasta to a large bowl. Add pepperoni, provolone cheese, red onion, cucumber, bell peppers, olives, parsley, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Mix olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, ground mustard, salt, and pepper for dressing in a jar with a lid. Seal the jar, and shake until well combined.
  • Pour dressing over the pasta salad; toss until well coated. Serve immediately, or cover and chill in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours before serving.
Keyword homemade dressing, pasta salad
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