Tri-Color Pasta Salad Recipe -
Tri-Color Pasta Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Tri-Color Pasta Salad

Recipe by  

"This is a quick and tasty pasta salad that all of my friends beg me to make whenever there is a party! It is always a crowd pleaser!"

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

On Sale Change Settings

Hmm. None of these ingredients are on sale today.

Show ingredients on sale

Sort stores by

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 15 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Toss cooled pasta with cheese, broccoli and Italian-style dressing to taste. Serve immediately.
Kitchen-Friendly View

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 27, 2003

There wasn't enough in this recipe so I ended up adding a lot of extras like olives, mushrooms, mozzarella and cheddar cheese rather than american, cucumber and onions. The spiral tri-color pasta works the best though. It gives extra color and it traps the sauce well. I also make my own dressing.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 17, 2008

I really modified this one for a cook-out out at our camp today. Rave reviews. pasta, parmesan cheese, diced danish ham, broccoli, red onion, black olives, italian seasonings, cukes, and Wishbone Robusto salad dressing. Folks LOVED it...

Sep 03, 2007

Great base recipe. I made this for a BBQ. I didn't have broccoli though. I added black olives, salad seasoning, diced cheddar cheese, and dressing.

Jul 07, 2007

The base of this salad is great but I also add black olives, chunks of feta(instead of american cheese, thin small slices of onion and bell pepper, pepperoni and a T or so(depending on taste) of salad seasoning. You can also use low fat or non-fat dressing to make it more healthier.

May 17, 2010

This is so kitchen friendly, you can add anything and everything to this. I have added chunks of salami, cheeses of all kinds including chunks of bleu cheese, feta, provolone... This is the most versatile and easy recipe!

Sep 08, 2009

This was a great recipe. I just felt it need just a little bit more. I added cucumbers, olives and tomatoes.

Jun 04, 2005

QUICK! EASY! DELICIOUS! Need I say more? :)

Nov 05, 2011

This is a good base recipe to get started with. I made a couple substitutions, though. First I used sharp cheddar (white and orange) instead of american cheese. I also added pepperoni and black olives in along with the broccoli. I found that a house Italian dressing gives it a little more flavor than classic Italian. I used two bottles; one for it to soak into over night and the second to flavor it up before serving (note you do not need to use the entire second bottle).


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 381 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.9 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 15.7 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 13 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 780 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Simple Pasta Salad

A quick and easy salad with rotini pasta and vegetables.

Garden Pasta Salad

Watch how to make a spiral pasta salad with garden fresh veggies.

Easy Cold Pasta Salad

Watch how easy it is to make this pasta salad with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States