A nice cold pasta salad makes a perfect meal on a hot summer day!
This pizza pasta salad is one that your whole family will agree on! We add pepperoni, onions, peppers and olives but you can add in your own favorite pizza toppings including sausage, cooked & cooled mushrooms or even sundried tomatoes! The homemade dressing tastes amazing and it takes only about 30 seconds to make however, you can substitute a store bought Italian dressing if you prefer.
Our favorite pasta shape for this recipe is rotini but any medium sized pasta will work (such as penne, bow tie or wagon wheels). You can substitute any type of diced tomato in this recipe however you’ll want to be sure to drain the tomatoes before adding them.
Items You’ll Need For This Recipe
* medium sized pasta * pizza toppings * Parmesan cheese *
Pizza Pasta Salad
- 8 ounces pasta
- ½ green pepper diced
- ½ red pepper diced
- 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes quartered
- 1 cup pizza mozzarella diced
- ½ cup red onion
- ½ cup black olives
- 1 ¼ cup mini pepperoni
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- 1 cup store bought Italian dressing
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
- salt & pepper to taste
- Cook pasta el dente according to package directions. Rinse under cold water.
- Combine pasta, red & green pepper, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, onion, olives and pepperoni.
- Whisk together dressing ingredients. Toss with pasta mixture.
- Top with fresh basil & parmesan cheese.
- Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Absolutely fantastic! Perfect ratio of ingredients! I used a new kind of pasta which really added to the final product, NY Sfoglini Pasta Cascatelli by Sporkful ! Triple yum!
My family ‘s favorite summer salad. Thanks!
My son is a pizza and salad addict. Looks amazing and will be trying very soon!
Love the pasta salad though, great idea of pizza flavor without the full pizza!
Enjoy the recipe Bee!
Thank you for making recipes that are delish and so easy to make and my husband has loved them all!! Marie Goodson, Tehachapi, Ca.
I’m so happy to hear that your husband loves them Marie! Glad you found Spend With Pennies :)
The parmesan cheese, u didn’t say if u used grated or ?
This is something u should edit ur recipe because it does make a difference
I’ll be waiting, I want to make this
Either works in this recipe. :) I personally use shredded.
You have the best and easiest recipes..So glad I found you…excellent recipes..I have tried a lot..
You have everything from A to Z..Thanks
Thank you Lucy! I’m so glad you found Spend With Pennies too!
Is the Parmesan cheese supposed to be grated or shredded?
I made this and added salami and banana peppers. Big hit!
So glad you loved this recipe!
What is pizza mozzarella?
Regular mozzarella as opposed to fresh mozzarella (not boconcini). Enjoy, Karen!
And remember, if all your kids will eat is Hawaiian pizza there is no reason why you can’t use ham and pineapple with the pasta.
I love this macaroni salad
So glad to hear that you love this salad Fatima!
God Bless :)
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