Easy Rotini Pasta Salad

Easy Rotini Pasta Salad with broccoli, colorful peppers, zesty Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. Make it ahead; the flavor gets even better as it sits!

This Easy Rotini Pasta Salad is the ideal summer side dish.

It’s perfect for parties, picnics, barbecues, and days at the beach.  It is easy to make, appeals to children and adults alike, and travels well.

Easy Rotini Pasta Salad with broccoli, colorful peppers, zesty Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. Make it ahead; the flavor gets even better as it sits!

This Easy Pasta Salad recipe was developed by my friend Stephanie.  It is probably her most-requested dish at potlucks. Everyone loves it, especially the kids!

It is customizable depending on what veggies or noodles you have on hand.  The combination below, however, is a winning one.  Give it a try before you switch it up!  Some of my other favorite additions include cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, and carrots.

Easy Rotini Pasta Salad with broccoli, colorful peppers, zesty Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. Make it ahead; the flavor gets even better as it sits

Since this Pasta Salad has no mayonnaise, you don’t have to worry (as much) about spoilage while you enjoy a beautiful day.  The variety of vegetables also add color, crunch, and nutrition.

Stephanie’s original recipe (listed below) uses Wishbone Zesty Italian dressing. If you prefer to make your own, my Red Wine Vinaigrette is delicious on this salad!

The recipe doubles easily, so make a lot!  It makes great leftovers.

Easy Rotini Pasta Salad with broccoli, colorful peppers, zesty Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. Make it ahead; the flavor gets even better as it sits!

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Easy Rotini Pasta Salad

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time:10 min

Cook Time:2 hours 10 min

Total Time:2 hours 20 min

Easy Rotini Pasta Salad with broccoli, colorful peppers, zesty Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. Make it ahead; the flavor gets even better as it sits!

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces Rotini or other small pasta
  • 2 cups bite-sized broccoli florets (from 1 head broccoli)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and cut into strips
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces prepared Italian salad dressing or homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette

Directions:

  1. Bring 4 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add pasta and 1 minute pasta al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain well, rinse with cold water, and drain again.
  2. Meanwhile, combine broccoli florets, bell peppers, and onion in a large bowl. Stir in cold pasta. Add Parmesan cheese and salad dressing and toss until uniformly combined.
  3. Place in a serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
  4. Stir carefully before serving. Add more salad dressing as needed to keep the pasta from drying out.

2 comments

  1. Delicious pasta.

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