Italian Pasta Salad

Italian pasta salad with cavatappi pasta, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, salami and cheese

This Italian Pasta Salad is an easy dish to make ahead and bring to a potluck. Packed with salami, cheese, cucumbers, peppers and more, this pasta salad is a total crowd pleaser!

  • Author: Sarah | AwayFromTheBox
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian American


  • 1 lb pasta, such as cavatappi or rotini
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 crown broccoli, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted or raw, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 c. chopped cucumber
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 c. sliced pepperoncinis
  • 1 c. ciliegine mozzarella, halved
  • 1520 silces hard salami, cut into quarters
  • 1 c. Italian Dressing


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente. Drain and rinse immediately with cold water, then toss in a large bowl with the olive oil. Add in the rest of the ingredients and pour the Italian dressing on top. Toss until everything is mixed and coated.

Transfer to an airtight container or serving dish and chill, covered, for an hour, or preferably overnight.


Ciliegine mozzarella is those little mozzarella balls in liquid, usually found in the deli or cheese shop.

This recipe is good for 5-7 days.

Keywords: Italian pasta salad, pasta salad, pasta salad with salami, potluck recipe, side dish

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