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Easy Peasy Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe has been a staple in my house for years…it’s a great summertime, BBQ, feed a bunch of people kind of recipe.  What I love most about this  salad is its versatility; you can pretty much make this recipe however you like.  I also love the colors in the salad, with the Rainbow Rotini and fresh vegetables…it reminds me of summer and good times with family and friends.  Oh, and did I mention it’s ridiculously easy to make (hence the title)?



Easy Peasy Pasta Salad


Easy Peasy Pasta Salad

Easy Peasy Pasta Salad


  • 2 Packages of Rainbow Rotini pasta, cooked al dente according to package directions
  • 1 Package of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Medium red onion, diced or finely chopped
  • 5-6 Slices of bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled (you can also use bacon bits if you don't have time to cook bacon, but I prefer the real deal)
  • 1 Can sliced black olives
  • 1 Bottle of Newman's Own Italian Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar (approximately-I just eyeball it)
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 Cup (about a handful) of parmesan cheese


  1. There really aren't a lot of instructions for this recipe; just throw everything into a bowl and mix it up! I like to chill the pasta salad in the fridge for a few hours in order to serve cold, but it's also good served room temperature or even warmed. I sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the pasta salad right before serving.
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Ericka @Chef PickyKid and Me

I love to cook and entertain for family and friends, and I especially love being in the kitchen with my daughter who loves to cook as well. I enjoy making recipes that are easy to prepare and use ingredients most people have in their kitchen. Visit me at www.chefpickykid.com!

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