How to Make Italian Pasta Salad | The Stay At Home Chef
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Classic cold Italian Pasta Salad with a homemade Italian dressing is the perfect potluck or summer side dish. It’s easy to make and everyone always loves it!

Is Italian pasta salad really an Italian dish?
No. This is not an authentic Italian dish. It is called Italian pasta salad because it uses Italian dressing, not because it is a traditional Italian pasta. «Italian» pasta salad is very much an American dish.

INGREDIENTS

PASTA:
1 pound rotini pasta
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
8 ounces fresh mini mozzarella cheese balls, halved
1/2 -1 cup sliced olives
1 cup mini pepperonis
1/2 cup pepperonicini, roughly chopped
1/2 red onion, diced

ITALIAN DRESSING:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of red pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water until pasta is cooled.

2. In a large mixing bowl, make your dressing by whisking together olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, sugar, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.

3. Add cooked pasta in with the Italian dressing. Toss with tomatoes, mozzarella, olives, mini pepperonis, pepperoncinis and onion.

4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

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