This Italian Pasta Salad is loaded with salami, pepperoni, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, banana peppers, olives, basil, and tossed in an easy Italian dressing!
I’ve been on a roll with pasta salads lately! I love to make them for picnics and to keep in the refrigerator to grab for a quick lunch! They’re also great to grab to take on a picnic to the park or beach which is something my family and I have been doing a lot of lately. We’ll wake up and just head out and go on an adventure. I’ll pack some things up in our cooler and we’re out the door! Having things like this Italian Pasta Salad on hand is great for when we get to our destination.
Last week we hit Fort Niagara and had a beautiful picnic overlooking Lake Ontario. You could see Toronto in the distance. It was the perfect setting for a picnic and the weather couldn’t have been any nicer. It was the perfect setting for a picnic before we toured Fort Niagara. I could have sat there all day and just relaxed.
This Italian Pasta Salad SO good! It’s loaded with yumminess in every bite! Seriously this is one pasta salad I urge you to try! It’s got everything you love in an Italian Pasta Salad including pasta (obviously!), chopped salami, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, banana peppers, black olives and freshly chopped basil. To top it off it’s tossed in an easy Italian dressing which compliments this pasta salad so well.
While you could use any store-bought Italian dressing I really suggest making this one. Store-bought Italian dressings can vary in flavor and that’s why I created one specifically for this salad. It really takes just a few minutes to whip up and is so good in this salad or to toss in any leafy green salad as well!
Tips for the perfect Italian Pasta Salad
- I do recommend making the dressing ahead of time so the flavors can really blend together. I make it the day ahead of time and when I’m ready to add the dressing I give it a good shake and it’s ready to go.
- Like any pasta salad it’s best to add the dressing before serving or you could also add a little and reserve some of the dressing to add right before serving.
- Chill the salad before adding the dressing really helps too. I like to chill the salad after I add all the ingredients before I toss it with the dressing. I think it just helps hold the dressing better.
- I usually shake salad dressings in a mason jar but for this one I use a food processor to really blend the flavors together. I’ve tried it both ways and it really makes a difference!