Simple Tasty Pasta Salad Recipe -
Simple Tasty Pasta Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Simple Tasty Pasta Salad

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"I wanted to try something different from the average pasta salads I've had. So I decided to experiment and thankfully everyone loved it! Feel free use more or less of any of the ingredients according to your palate."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Rinse pasta with cold water until cool; drain.
  2. Combine cooled pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, green bell pepper, red onion, and black olives in a large bowl.
  3. Pour Italian-style salad dressing over the pasta mixture; toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle bacon bits and cranberries over the salad to serve.
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May 26, 2012

Delicious and fresh tasting....I actually dumped the bacon bits and cranberries in while chopping the veggies not realizing they were to be added at serving time and they taste great! So far I haven't used the whole bottle of dressing just in case it get's to be too soupy. It would be very good with any oil/vinegar based dressing and easy to use fat free to save calories...if one feels they must. I will like to eat this for several meals in the warm weather. I think I'll also make it for the next pot-luck. I think cubed jarlsberg cheese would be really tasty in this salad if you wanted to add a little protein.

May 13, 2012

The bacon and the cranberries add a nice touch to this pasta salad.

Aug 31, 2012

I omitted the cranberries and added tiny cubes of mozzarella and substituted the bacon for sliced, hard, quartered slices of salami. Wonderful results. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Mangia!

Jul 22, 2012

This looked like a good and easy one for a hot summer day when you don't want to have the oven going. I did cut up some mild chedder cheese and addded it to the mix. My husband, who does not normally like pasta even liked it.....

Oct 20, 2014

Excellent salad!! I made exactly as directed using real bacon bits, and Olive Garden's Lite creamy Italian dressing found in my grocery store (1/2 a bottle was plenty) My family raved. We really liked the dried cranberries--not often found in a pasta salad. Together with the cucumber, they added interest.

Dec 24, 2014

Great tasting, pretty and easy! Top three recipe necessities for me. Always looking to reduce calories, I kept recipe as is but doubled the veggies. For Christmas touch I used Christmas shaped pasta. I know my Grandkids will love it!

Jul 16, 2014

This salad was great, however I only used half of the salad dressing as it would have been swimming if I had used a whole bottle.

Jul 20, 2012

I really liked this. Used whole wheat pasta and ditched the olives. Also used cut up bacon instead of bits. Great flavor. Perfect for a summer day/night.


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  • Calories
  • 678 kcal
  • 34%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 96.6 g
  • 31%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 23.4 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 7.2 g
  • 29%
  • Protein
  • 21.3 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 1548 mg
  • 62%

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

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