Really Good Pasta Salad

Really Good Pasta Salad

This Really Good Pasta Salad is a flavor-packed pasta salad recipe making it the perfect recipe for summer entertaining!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound cellentani pasta prepared al dente and cooled
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 cup broccoli chopped
  • 1 cup green olives sliced or whole (I did a mix of both.)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1/2 cup banana peppers chopped
  • 1 cup mini pepperoni or pepperoni cubed
  • 1/2 cup salami cubed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper diced


  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, add the cooled pasta, red onion, broccoli, green olives, cheese, banana peppers, pepperoni, salami, cherry tomatoes, and green pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, sugar, dried parsley, Italian seasoning, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. (About 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.)
  3. Add the dressing to the bowl of pasta. Toss to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Toss again before serving.