Easy Italian Pasta Salad with Pesto Dressing is chock full of all your favorite old world flavors like salami, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and olives. It’s loved by kids and adults alike and is perfect for potlucks, picnics, lunch or dinner.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Yield:8 cups 1x
1 (12 oz.) package tri-colored spiral pasta
6–8 oz. salami, sliced into thin strips
1 (6 oz.) can black olives, halved
1 (10.5 oz) carton of grape or cherry tomatoes (about 2 cups), quartered
20 small mozzarella balls, halved
Salt and pepper to taste
For the dressing:
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
1 tablespoon prepared pesto
½ teaspoon salt
Pinch fresh ground pepper
Bring a large stock pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool.
While pasta cools, make the dressing. Add all ingredients to a mason jar and shake vigorously. Alternatively, you can place all ingredients except the olive oil in a bowl, stirring to combine. Slowly add the olive oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly. Set aside.
When pasta is cool, add salami, black olives, tomatoes, and mozzarella balls. Pour dressing over and toss to combine.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Best served in about an hour. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate and serve cold.
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The following nutritional information is an estimate.
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