Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe -
Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
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Classic Italian Pasta Salad

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"Perfect for a buffet or a barbecue. Customize with your favorite vegetables."

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Original recipe makes 8 side-dish servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    20 mins


  1. Combine all ingredients except Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing in large bowl. Add Dressing; toss well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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  • NOTE: If preparing a day ahead, refrigerate, then stir in 1/4 cup additional Wish-Bone Dressing before serving.
  • For a Creamy Italian Pasta Salad, substitute 1/2 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise for 1/2 cup Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing.
  • Also terrific with Wish-Bone ® Robusto Italian, Fat Free! Italian, House Italian, Ranch, Light Ranch, Fat Free! Ranch, Creamy Caesar, Red Wine Vinaigrette or Fat Free! Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressings.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 02, 2012

Our favorite combination of vegetables for this salad is cubed zucchini, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, red onion and sliced Baby Bella mushrooms. We don't care for Wish-Bone dressing as it's really salty for us, I usually make an italian dressing from scratch. This makes a GREAT all in one meal for summer if you throw in leftover rotisserie chicken or sliced pepperoni. The longer this salad sits, the better it gets--I usually like to make it the night before, toss the ingredients in a big bowl with the dressing and then toss it again right before serving.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 26, 2012

It was okay, but there was a tinny flavor that I think came from the commercial dressing. I like the mix of ingredients, so I'll try it next time with homemade dressing.

Jul 03, 2012

I thought this deserved a rating, and it's very similar to my own version of the "suddenly salad" classic pasta salad. Even better, we can use our favorite italian dressings or homemade and tweaked a bit. The best part is that the fresh veggies in it are adaptable and taste so much better than the dehydrated stuff in the boxed pastas.

Aug 13, 2012

I used half Wish-bone Italian dressing and half mayonnaise, as suggested in the footnotes. We liked the creamy texture and subtle taste.

Apr 10, 2014

To make this pop with flavor and taste homemade, add some olive oil, a fair amount of red wine vinegar and a generous amount of garlic powder and taste. The salad dressing is a good base, but just a base... I've made it this way for years and people ask me to bring it to gatherings.

Jul 14, 2012

our go to pasta salad recipe. we use wacky mac colored rotini in this recipe

Sep 02, 2012

this is ok

Sep 02, 2012

This was great. I used bow-tie noodles, broccoli, yellow and red tomatos, green pepper and cucumbers.


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  • Calories
  • 233 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 12.2 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 6.6 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 598 mg
  • 24%

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

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