Who wants to use their oven when it’s super hot outside?


NO? Okay, Good. We are on the same page!

Summertime is grillin’ time at our house. And there is no better salad in my book to pair with burgers, chicken or even steak than this light, fresh and super versatile Italian Pasta Salad!

Some folks around here jokingly refer to this salad as the kitchen sink salad. IE, because you can basically add anything but the kitchen sink.
Like, say, big chunks of pepperoni or spicy sausage. Maybe some olives or red peppers.
And if you’re not into spicy, that’s okay too. Just switch up the dressing to something a bit milder.
It is also a great way for the kids to get their veggies!
But the best thing about this salad is how darn easy it is to make.
Which is why it is my go-to salad whenever friends or family stopover.
I hope you enjoy this quick and delicious summer salad.
Here’s the recipe!

Italian Pasta Salad

A light, fresh pasta salad that pairs well with any grilled meat.

Course Salad
Keyword Pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 8


  • 8 oz Garden Rotini pasta cooked and drained
  • 3 cups assorted veggies- broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, onion, tomato
  • 3/4 cup Italian dressing **more if not moist enough
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup black olives sliced thinly
  • 10-12 thinly sliced pepperonis optional


  1. Cook pasta according to box directions. (I like mine a bit al dente.) Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Cut up veggies. Place veggies in a large bowl. Add pasta. (You can add pepperoni's, olives, at this time) Pour dressing over salad. Mix well. Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese. Chill until ready to serve.



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