Spicy Italian Pasta Salad

With a light creamy dressing and flavorful add-ins like salami, artichokes and red pepper, this Spicy Italian Pasta Salad is a summer “go to” recipe. With a light creamy dressing and flavorful add-ins like salami, artichokes and red pepper, this Spicy Italian Pasta Salad is a summer go to recipe.

We’ve made a particular lettuce salad in our family for years. It’s called Spicy Italian Salad and packs a big punch of flavor from a blend of chopped salami, artichokes and homemade dressing. Mmmm! 

So the other day, when I was thinking about freshening up pasta salad, the notion hit me. What if I converted my lettuce salad to “Spicy Italian Pasta Salad”! 

Salad ingredients

I started with the salad ingredients, sans lettuce, then tossed in some halved cherry tomatoes (extra) Italian cheese and fresh basil ribbons.

Then I crossed my usual vinaigrette and the typical heavy mayo dressings for a creamy vinaigrette.

With a light creamy dressing and flavorful add-ins like salami, artichokes and red pepper, this Spicy Italian Pasta Salad is a summer go to recipe.

Served!

My family was in heaven since I don’t make pasta salad very often. The result was truly flavorful but without the heaviness of many pasta salads.

With a light creamy dressing and flavorful add-ins like salami, artichokes and red pepper, this Spicy Italian Pasta Salad is a summer go to recipe.

A small celebration

With picnic season coming up, having a nice pasta salad in your back pocket is important. And better yet, my “picky” daughter, now in her first grown up job, happily packed up a big container to take to work for lunch. 

Picky kids devouring the leftovers?  Now that’s a success story!

With a light creamy dressing and flavorful add-ins like salami, artichokes and red pepper, this Spicy Italian Pasta Salad is a summer go to recipe.

Time for a beer!

Spicy Italian Pasta Salad
Serves 6
With a light creamy dressing and flavorful add-ins like salami, artichokes and red pepper, this Spicy Italian Pasta Salad is a summer go to recipe.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
22 min
461 calories
54 g
23 g
21 g
16 g
6 g
220 g
796 g
6 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
220g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 461
Calories from Fat 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
32%
Saturated Fat 6g
28%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 23mg
8%
Sodium 796mg
33%
Total Carbohydrates 54g
18%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 6g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
22%
Vitamin C
38%
Calcium
26%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Salad
  1. • 12 ounces tricolor small pasta like fusilli
  2. • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  3. • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  4. • 1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
  5. • 3 Tablespoons julienned basil
  6. • 1 cup cubed Toscano or other flavorful Italian cheese
  7. • 1 can Artichoke hearts
  8. • 1 cup chopped salami (about 8 ounces)
  9. • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. • ¼ cup olive oil
  2. • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  3. • ¼ cup light mayonnaise
  4. • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  5. • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  6. • 1 Tablespoon dried Minced onion
  7. • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  8. • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta until just al dente. Plunge into ice water to stop cooking.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together diced pepper, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced olives, julienned basil, cubed cheese, salami and artichokes.
  3. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
  4. Drain pasta, then add to salad ingredients. Add dressing and toss to combine
  5. Sprinkle shredded parmesan curls over top and serve.
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calories
461
fat
21g
protein
16g
carbs
54g
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12 thoughts on “Spicy Italian Pasta Salad

    1. Inger Post author

      I think the heaviness of the classic mayo pasta salad dressing was what kept me lukewarm about pasta salads. Now I’m going to have to play around more with them!

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