I love pasta salad. It is great when it is just too hot outside for spaghetti and lasagna. It is a great side to almost any meal, and it is also a great replacement for potato salad. So when potato salad gets old, try this recipe alongside it at your next BBQ or bring it to your next potluck. If you are not planning on eating it until later, bring the italian dressing with and add another 1/2 cup right before your serve it. Enjoy!

Things You Will Need

1 box rotini noodles

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 small can of sliced black olives

1/2 package of sliced pepperoni

1/2 bar of cheddar cheese

1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt

1 bottle of Italian dressing

Step 1

Boil noodles in a large pot with a little bit of salt to prevent it from boiling over until the noodles are nice and soft. Strain the noodles and run cold water over the noodles while stirring until the noodles become cool, or place in the fridge. It is much faster to put the noodles under cold water. Place noodles in a large bowl and put aside.

Step 2

Put 1/2 cup of Italian dressing into a smaller bowl. Cut pepperoni slices into quarters and add to Italian dressing. Cut the cheddar cheese into small cubes, only about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch and add it to the pasta.

Step 3

Add Italian seasoning, olives, and garlic salt to pasta salad and stir. Add pepperoni and Italian dressing to the pasta mix and stir well.

Step 4

Add additional Italian dressing until pasta is completely coated. You will not use an entire bottle of Italian dressing, however, if you need to refrigerate it for a while or it stays out for company, add a coating of Italian dressing as needed, about every hour or so, or right before serving.

The best part of this recipe is that it is very hard to mess up. If you want more olives, add more olives. If you do not want any, then do not put any in! Top it with parmesan cheese for a little extra flavor.

Tips & Warnings

Try replacing or adding ingredients. This recipe tastes just as good with salami instead of pepperoni, or even both.