Easy cold pasta salad recipe packed with olives, mushrooms, bell peppers and meat if you want. Can be vegetarian too with macaroni noodles. Perfect barbecue side dish.
I am finally getting around to sharing my favorite go to cold pasta salad recipe!! I have made and taken this to countless get togethers, made it for parties, and made it just because at home! It is so easy to make and filled with hearty goodness.
I’ve had it for lunch many of times! Here is how I throw it together.
First things first when it comes to pasta salad, the noodles. I have used 2 types of noodles for this. Either I buy the curly multi colored pasta, or this time I used cellantani that I found because it had such a cool shape and it would be easy to “fork it” if you know what I mean.
These are the things I typically include, as well as Italian dressing. I use 1/3 green bell pepper, 1/3 yellow bell pepper, turkey, olives, mushrooms, Italian dressing, and mozzerella cheese.
While the noodles are boiling I dice all of these things up so they are ready once the noodles are done. Keep the noodles a bit on the al dente side for this pasta salad recipe.
Once the noodles are done drain them, run some cold water on top, and then pour about 1/2 c. of Italian dressing on top and stir. Put this into the fridge for about 20-30 minutes so it cools down.
Add all of our ingredients in and add another 1/2 c. of Italian dressing and toss together. Add more dressing if you like, according to taste. I have an easy cole slaw recipe you’ll enjoy. Great side dishes.